Call Congress: U.S. funding Honduran police with alleged death squad ties

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We urgently need you to call your Congressional representative and ask that they contact the State Department and demand to know why the U.S. is funding Honduran police units with alleged ties to death squad activity, despite assurances otherwise. See below for  number and suggested comments.

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 11 more deaths and disappearances. This is in direct contradiction to what the State Department has told Congress and the American public and is in violation of the Leahy Law.  In a new blog, the Center for Economic and Policy Research has posed the question: Did the AP Catch State Department Officials Lying to Congress About Honduran Death Squads?

The extensive and persistent corruption, human rights violations including “social cleansing,” attacks on Afro-indigenous and peasant communities, and failed anti-drug strategies of Honduran security forces are urgent and compelling reasons for the State Department and other US agencies to zero out all police and military assistance and cooperation, and to fundamentally recast US policy in Honduras.
 

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The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224- 3121. To identify your rep, type in your zip code at this website: http://www.house.gov/representatives.  Ask to speak with an aide who handles foreign policy. Here is a suggested comment, feel free to adapt:

“My name is ____ and I live in your district in [your city or town]. I am calling to urge [your Representative] to contact the State Department regarding recent revelations by the Associated Press that the United States continues to fund police units under the control of Col. Juan Carlos Bonilla, who has been credibly accused of three extrajudicial killings that occurred in 2002, and links to 11 more deaths and disappearances. The United States must immediately stop funding all Honduran police units; they all operate under Police Chief Bonilla. Furthermore, given extensive and persistent corruption, human rights violations including “social cleansing,” attacks on Afro-indigenous and peasant communities, and failed anti-drug strategies of Honduran security forces, the State Department and other US agencies must zero out all military assistance and cooperation as well, and must fundamentally recast US policy in Honduras.”