Members of a prominent Honduran human rights organization, The Committee of Family-Members of The Detained and Disappeared (COFADEH), have been targeted with death threats, intimidation and physical aggression. And the perpetrators didn’t stop there. International human rights observers of the U.S.-based Honduras Accompaniment Project (PROAH) who have provided protective accompaniment to members of COFADEH have also received death threats.
Contact your congressperson today. Stand in solidarity with those who struggle for justice in Honduras.
Berta Oliva, general coordinator of COFADEH, says that these acts should be seen within the greater context of human rights violations in Honduras.
Since the U.S.-backed coup in 2009, Honduras has been in a human
rights crisis. Rural farmers, afro-descendents, LGBTI and indigenous
people are constantly the targets of intimidation, kidnappings, torture,
illegal detention and assassinations. Journalists, lawyers and human
rights defenders risk their lives to expose these injustices. And in
the majority of cases, Berta Oliva explains, the targets of these
attacks are those who in one way or another have opposed the coup
While the human rights crisis swells in impunity, the United States
supplies arms and training to the Honduran military and police. The
United States gave $9.8 million to Honduran police and military in 2011
and has $8 million budgeted for 2012. In addition, $50 million has been
allotted to Soto Cano Air Base (Palmerola). Far from quelling these
abuses, the aid has only made them worse.
Tell congress, ‘NO' to U.S.-lead militarization and ‘YES’ to the work of human rights defenders in Honduras.
In May of this year, 94 members of the House signed a letter to Hillary
Clinton asking to stop military funding to Honduras until the human
rights situation has improved. The letter was endorsed by ten major
unions including the AFL-CIO. Members of the Senate signed a similar
Please contact your congresspersons and tell them, the human rights
situation has not improved. Now human rights defenders and international
accompaniers are receiving death threats. This situation demands an
immediate suspension of all U.S. military aid.
Thank you for standing in solidarity with those who work for human rights in Honduras.
Brooke, Christine and Riahl Brooke, Christine and Riahl
Witness for Peace International Team in Nicaragua