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Resolution on the Suspension of the Right of Honduras to Particpate in the OAS

The following is the full text of the resolution adopted by the XXXVII OAS Special General Assembly:

RESOLUTION ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE RIGHT OF HONDURAS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OAS

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

DEEPLY CONCERNED about the worsening of the current political crisis in the Republic of Honduras resulting from the coup d’état against the constitutional government of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, as well as his arbitrary detention and expulsion from the country, which produced an unconstitutional alteration of the democratic order;

REAFFIRMING the importance of strict respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the principle of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states;

HAVING RECEIVED the report of the Secretary General on the diplomatic initiatives taken in accordance with Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, aimed at restoring democracy and the rule of law as well as reinstating President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales; and noting that these initiatives have been unsuccessful;

NOTING that the regime that emerged from the coup d’état has refused to comply with the provisions of resolution AG/RES. 1 (XXXVII-E/09), adopted by the OAS General Assembly at its thirty-seventh special session, on July 1, 2009; and

HAVING TAKEN a vote among the member states pursuant to the provisions of Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,

RESOLVES:

1. To suspend the Honduran state from the exercise of its right to participate in the Organization of American States, in accordance with Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The suspension shall take effect immediately.

2. To reaffirm that the Republic of Honduras must continue to fulfill its obligations as a member of the Organization, in particular with regard to human rights; and to urge the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms in Honduras.

3. To instruct the Secretary General, together with duly designated representatives of various countries, to reinforce all diplomatic initiatives and to promote other initiatives for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Honduras and the reinstatement of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales so that he may fulfill the mandate for which he was democratically elected, and to report immediately to the Permanent Council. No such initiative will imply recognition of the regime that emerged from this interruption of the constitutional order.

4. To encourage the member states and international organizations to review their relations with the Republic of Honduras during the period of the diplomatic initiatives for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in the Republic of Honduras and the reinstatement of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales .

5. To instruct the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the other entities of the inter-American system and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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