Honduras

Berta Caceres court papers show murder suspects' links to US-trained elite troops (2/28/2017)

Honduras has become a kind of a horror story. It has the worst record of violence in the hemisphere, one of the worst in the world. It's a significant development; in fact, it's been harmful all around. And yes, it's another support for, if you'd like, a death-squad government. That's traditional US policy - nothing to be surprised about. Noam Chomsky (12/13/2012)

Leader Of Honduran Campesino Movement Assassinated (10/21/2016)

Honduran soldier says activist Berta Cáceres was killed by U.S.-backed coup regime (6/23/2016)

“She’s Baldly Lying”: Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup (4/14/2016)

US Counterinsurgency Policing Tactics Ravage Honduras (4/18/2016)

Uproar Over Hillary's Role in Honduran Coup Grows as Her Campaign Denies Connection (3/9/2016)

US Contribution to Death of Honduran Activist Goes Unmentioned in US Coverage (3/4/2016)

CNN Declares Deadly Honduras One of Its Top Travel Destinations (1/6/2016)

The Honduran Coup’s Ugly Aftermath (8/15/2015)

During Honduras Crisis, Clinton Suggested Back Channel With Lobbyist Lanny Davis (7/6/2015)

Disaster Capitalism and Outrage in Post-Coup Honduras (6/25/2015)

Military Coup By SOA Graduates In Honduras Shines Spotlight On Controversial U.S. Military Training School (1/27/2014)

U.S. funding Honduran police with alleged death squad ties

On March 23, 2013, the Associated Press reported that the United States is funding Honduran police units under the command of the Honduran National Police Chief, Col. Juan Carlos Bonilla, who has been credibly accused of three extrajudicial killings that occurred in 2002 and links to eleven more deaths and disappearances. This is in violation of the Leahy Law and directly contradicts what the State Department has told Congress and the American public. Write your Congressman.

US Aids Honduran Police Despite Death Squad Fears (3/23/2013)

Our Man in Honduras (10/18/2012)

Honduras: Which Side is the US ON ? (6/11/2012)

US Secret Drug War in Honduras: Botched DEA Raid Leaves 2 Pregnant Women and Two Men Dead (5/18/2012)

US corporations (Republicans) have a long history of making Honduras the original banana republic, and have fingerprints all over the coup that removed democratically elected Zelaya.

Five years after the June 28, 2009 School of Americas graduate-led coup d'etat in Honduras, the continued militarization and repression being carried about by the current Honduran regime is resulting in mass migration of children across US borders.

 On May 13, the Honduran Military Police and COBRAS attacked opposition LIBRE party Congresspeople with tear gas and batons inside the Congressional chambers, causing several Congresspeople to be taken to the hospital.  On May 25, two Rio Blanco residents – where the Lenca people have been resisting a hydroelectric dam in their territory for over a year – were tortured by the police, who brought them to a private home, where they beat them, forced their heads under water so they almost drowned, and then put rubber hoods on them so they couldn't breathe. Then on June 18, three soldiers and a policeman attacked and murdered 62-year old José Husbaldo Guzmán Argueta, throwing him to the ground and firing two shots with an M-16, while he was working on trying to get a potable water project.  

The Honduran military and police  are contributing to forced migration from Honduras, including the migration of unaccompanied minors, due to their role in illegal land theft, and infiltration by drug cartels. They do not protect the population from violence, but contribute violence by protecting only the interests of large landholders and drug cartels.

Speak out against US military and police aid to Honduras and be vigilant in ensuring that the Leahy Law is enforced, for instance no US aid should be going to the 10th Battalion after the murder of 62 year old José Husbaldo Guzmán Argueta while he was working to get a potable water project.  Congress' action in the Appropriations Bill, which called for 30% of US aid to Honduras to be restricted until the State Department certified that a number of conditions in Honduras had been met.  As the repression detailed in the first paragraph demonstrates, the situation in Honduras only continues to deteriorate and I urge you to oppose any additional security funding to Honduras through CARSI and other initiatives.

 Support HR2989, the bill to suspend operations at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas). Until the current regime stops repressing its own people, additional military and security funding will be counterproductive as the human rights crisis will continue.

Additionally, I am very concerned about the Honduran government's criminalization of those who speak out for justice and stand up for their rights. For instance, 36 Indigenous Lenca people have recently been accused of sedition and usurping functions for standing up against fraud in the November elections and excercing their autonomy as Indigenous people. This is just the latest in a series criminal charges levied against those who stand up for their rights. Contact the State Department and ask them to speak out against the criminalization of the Indigenous Lenca people of Opalaca and human rights defenders in Honduras.  

When Republicans yell about illegal immigration, tell them: Don't put death squads in Honduras.

Thunderstruck in Honduras (1/17/2012)

WikiLeaks Honduras: US Linked to Brutal Businessman (10/21/2011)

WikiLeaks Honduras: State Department Busted on Support of Coup (Tuesday 30 November 2010)

Obama Backing of Honduras Election Crimps Latin Ties (11/27/2009)

The High Powered Hidden Support for Honduras Coup (7/23/2009)

US media complicit in Thwarting Honduras Democracy

Honduras' powerful Roman Catholic Church has backed the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya

Honduras Down the Memory Hole (8/2010)

State Terrorism in Honduras

Return of the Death Squads (4/27/2010)

No Such Thing as a Free Putsch, Lies, violence and the fight for freedom in Honduras.

Republicans travel to Honduras (10/6/2009)

The Honduras Connection (7/29/2009)

School of the Americas graduate takes over in Honduras (7/2/2009) See This. and This.

A U.S. Connection The Honduran Coup, By Conn Hallinan

The story most U.S. readers are getting about the coup is that
Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, was deposed
because he tried to change the constitution to keep himself in
power. That story is a massive distortion of the facts.

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23235.htm

Links

Stories From Honduras

Honduras Solidarity Network

School of the Americas Watch

ICC Report

Rights Action

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