In an article published a few minutes ago, a Chinese outlet is spreading a completely false and misleading story about Honduras (repeated here). The text claims that the Honduran Congress voted to grant amnesty. In fact it did the exact opposite; it tabled the bill until the next session of Congress.
On January 25th, those elected in the November elections will take over in the legislative body. They were elected after the change of president, which happened June 28 last year. In other words, the question of amnesty will be settled by parliamentarians who were elected after the event in question. That assures that the will of the people got heard.
However, interim president Micheletti has proposed a still more direct participation of the people in the decision, namely by holding a referendum.
Some bloggers – including this – have proposed that IF an amnesty is to be considered, it should be conferred only on condition of the person first confessing the crimes. This could be either in writing, or in a testimony, such as before that Truth Commission that is to be formed the next few months as part of the Tegucigalpa/San José Accord. In fact, the question of amnesty could be combined with the Truth Commission, and, if Congress so decides, it could be left for the people to decide in a referendum if an honest testimony should be rewarded by granting amnesty for the confessed crimes. I’m sure South Africa can help with sharing some experience.
But as for the fake news stories, that is just pathetic.