As expected, Democrat senators are hitting Negroponte hard over documented human rights abuses in Honduras during his time as ambassador there. Negroponte has not denied the abuses, though he does note the number dramatically declined during his tenure, and included the first democratic elections in nearly a decade.
Oregon Democrat Senator Ron Wyden was particularly caustic in his questioning of Negroponte, interrupting the ambassador regularly and despite his stated intention to not do so, was clearly trying to re-debate the contra issue of the 80’s.
However, as Negroponte reminded Wyden, “It’s not as if refugees were fleeing Honduras into the neighboring communist counties,” as Wyden asserted, “it was just the opposite. Despite the noted abuses that took place in Honduras, thousands were fleeing the surrounding countries to come there,” where the standard of human rights was markedly higher.
[Posted 04/12 11:25 AM]