June 28 Third Anniversary Honduras Solidarity Actions

Message from the Honduras Solidarity Network follows. Click HERE to find out about actions in your area.

Dear Friends and Members of the Honduras Solidarity Network,

As part of our commitment to action on the three year anniversary of the coup, we are asking as many people as possible to contact her/his Congressperson and Senators to contact the State Department and call for an end to US military and police aid in Honduras.

Web links for the action are on the HSN website

And the Center for Constitutional Rights website

Text version of the action alert below.

Thanks for your solidarity!

Honduras Solidarity Network Congressional Action Team


National Day of Action - June 28, 2012 –
Three years of Resistance to the Coup in Honduras

Campesinos, Journalists and Opposition Activists who speak up for their rights and the rights of others continue to face repression, including assassinations, on a regular basis.

The White House and State Department continue to push increased military and police aid to the Pepe Lobo regime recently sending another $50 million for police and military in Honduras

The US continues to ramp up its own military presence, including direct involvement in actions leading to the deaths of innocent people. Specifically, On May 11th on the Rio Patuca near Ahuas, a small municipality in the Moskitia, a helicopter titled to the US State Department sprayed bullets into a canoe leading to the deaths of 28-year-old Juana Jackson (six months pregnant), 48-year-old Candelaria Pratt Nelson (five months pregnant), 14-year-old Hasked Brooks Wood, and 21-year-old Emerson Martínez Henríquez. At least four more were seriously injured. The DEA confirms that its Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST) participated in support of a Honduran National Police Tactical Response Team.

This despite the fact that:

94 Congresspeople have called on the State Department to suspend military and police aid.

US Senators have now raised concerns over the human rights situation and the US role.

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We must keep the pressure on. Support democracy and human rights in Honduras! Contact your Congressperson and Senators! Ask them to contact US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Request:
NO MORE U.S. MILITARY AND POLICE AID FOR HONDURAS UNTIL HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY ARE RESPECTED BY THE REGIME!
Click here to send a letter to your congressperson and Senators

Or use the draft below and write your own letter: For your congressperson’s contact info CLICK HERE and for your Senators’ contact info CLICK HERE

*** DRAFT urgent action text and background information below***
June 2012

Dear Senator or Congressperson:

As your constituent, I’m writing to urge you to contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call for the withdrawal of all US security forces from Honduras and an end to U.S. military and police aid to Honduras until Honduran authorities demonstrate respect for human rights and democracy.

After the June 28, 2009 coup in Honduras that overthrew democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, a strong and courageous citizens’ movement united to call for democracy and justice in Honduras. Now, three years after the coup, there has been no accountability for the coup d’état itself nor the human rights violations that have followed. Tragically, the U.S. government has implemented a policy towards Honduras that provides support for those involved in the coup and to those acting with violence and impunity against democratic activists. Today, human rights violations continue to increase, as does the US military presence in Honduras:

On May 11th on the Rio Patuca near Ahuas, a small municipality in the Moskitia, a helicopter titled to the US State Department sprayed bullets into a pipante, a long, narrow dugout canoe, which carried sixteen local residents, leading to the deaths of: 28-year-old Juana Jackson (six months pregnant), 48-year-old Candelaria Pratt Nelson (five months pregnant), 14-year-old Hasked Brooks Wood, and 21-year-old Emerson Martínez Henríquez. At least four others were seriously injured. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) confirms that its Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST) participated in the operation supporting a Honduran National Police Tactical Response Team.

More than 50 campesinos have been murdered in the northern coast Aguan region alone since the 2010 elections. In April of this year hundreds of campesinos were detained and many more continue to face orders of detention for struggling for their land rights.

More than 20 journalists and at least 70 GBLTI activists have been murdered since the coup. On May 7, 2012 Erik Martinez Avila a journalist, GBLTI movement leader and LIBRE Party candidate was murdered in Tegucigalpa.
Political murders of resistance activists from all sectors continue. On May 1, 2012 a member of the indigenous Lenca people’s organization COPINH, Santos Alberto Dominguez (24) was murdered by National Police officers in the town of San Bartolo in Intibuca province.

Death threats continue against human rights defenders. From February through April 2012, Dina Meza, a member of the Honduran human rights organization COFADEH received numerous threats of sexual violence and members of the North American human rights accompaniment organization PROAH received detailed threats via text messages.

Please contact Secretary of State Clinton as soon as possible and call for:

  1. An end to US military and police aid to Honduras.
  2. The withdrawal of all U.S. security forces including DEA and private contractors from Honduras.
  3. An independent investigation exploring the role and responsibility of agents of the U.S. government in the May 11 massacre in Ahuas, Honduras. The findings of this investigation should be immediately made public. This investigation should include identifying criminal responsibility of specific individuals.

Background Info:

After the June 28, 2009 coup in Honduras that overthrew democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya a strong and courageous citizens’ movement united to struggle for democracy and justice in Honduras. This movement continued after the illegitimate 2010 election of de facto President Pepe Lobo and the movement continues to this day. We in the United States bear a special responsibility to take action given the shameful support of our government for the illegal coup and the economic, diplomatic and political support for the violent coup regime in Honduras as well as increased U.S. militarization of the region. While trade unions, students, campesinos, teachers continue to struggle for economic and social justice, human rights violations and violence against the people are increasing.

For more info and background on Honduras and the United State role, see this recent article in the Nation.

For more info and testimony on the May 11 incident in Ahuas and role of the DEA, see this link.