Honduran-U.S. Relations [April 25, 2012]   [open pdf - 487KB]

"Porfirio Lobo was inaugurated president of Honduras in January 2010, assuming power after seven months of domestic political crisis and international isolation that had resulted from the June 2009 ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. While the strength of Lobo's National Party in the legislature has enabled his administration to pass much of its policy agenda, Lobo has had limited success in resolving the many challenges facing Honduras. Efforts to foster political reconciliation, for example, have helped Honduras secure international recognition but have only partially diminished domestic polarization. Lobo is relatively unpopular halfway through his fouryear term, as 68% of Hondurans believe he has done little to resolve the public's demands. [...] The 112th Congress has expressed considerable interest in Honduras, particularly with regards to the state of democracy, human rights abuses, security challenges, and the treatment of U.S. businesses. In December 2011, Congress adopted the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-74), which contains a provision requiring the State Department to withhold 20% of assistance appropriated for the Honduran military and police forces until certain human rights conditions are met. Additional legislation (H.R. 2200), introduced in June 2011, would limit U.S. assistance to Honduras unless the President certifies that the Government of Honduras has settled all outstanding expropriation claims brought by U.S. companies. This report examines current conditions in Honduras as well as issues in U.S-Honduran relations."

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