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A sign-on letter is currently circulating among members of Congress to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the investigation of alleged abuses by Honduran security forces and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents in a May 11, 2012 incident that led to the deaths of four indigenous villagers in Ahuas, Honduras. For more information about this incident please read Foreign Policy in Focus' article U.S. Hand in Honduran Massacre. The letter also expresses concern regarding the broader pattern of repression and intimidation of Afro-descendent and indigenous communities defending their historical land rights throughout Honduras.
We urgently need you to call on your representative and ask that they sign onto this letter. The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224- 3121. To identify your rep, type in your zip code this website: http://www.house.gov/representatives. Ask to speak with an aide who handles foreign policy.
“My name is ____ and I live in your district in [your city or town]. I am calling to urge [your Representative] to sign Representative Johnson’s letter to Secretary Clinton and Attorney General Holder in support of human rights in Honduras. Specifically, this letter calls for an investigation into a tragic incident in May 2012 involving U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents that resulted in the killing of four Honduran indigenous villagers. I’d like to know whether [your Representative] will sign this important letter. You can reach me at [your number]. You can contact Representative Johnson's office for a copy of the letter. Thank you.”