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Please write to your representative today and demand an end to U.S. financing of the Honduran police and military, the withdrawal of all U.S. security forces from Honduras, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and private contractors, and an independent investigation of the Ahuas massacre.
Since the 2009 coup d’etat in Honduras, CCR has been working with the Honduras Solidarity Network, pressuring the U.S. to cut funding to Honduran police and military, and we have relied on you to make this pressure felt in Congress. Thanks to your phone calls and letters, last Friday the State Department announced that the U.S. is withholding funding to the Honduran police due to concerns over Police Chief Juan Carlos Bonilla. Bonilla has been linked to death squad activity, assassinations, and disappearances.
The withholding of funding to Bonilla’s units is a positive development and shows that the U.S. has felt the pressure from you and many others to change its policy towards Honduras. However, in the same report, the State Department has certified that Honduras is otherwise generally complying with the human rights conditions that have been placed on its funding-- a finding that contradicts CCR’s close monitoring of the situation and reports we have received from Honduran human rights groups on the ground. Please keep the pressure on the U.S. government to stop whitewashing Honduras’s human rights record and end all aid to and collaboration with the Honduran police and military.
Further, we need your help in demanding an independent investigation into the May 11, 2012 massacre in Ahuas, Honduras, where an operation involving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) resulted in the deaths of four civilians: 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. Four other civilians were seriously injured, three of them critically. Despite the involvement of DEA agents, the U.S. refuses to investigate. Please write to your representative today and demand an end to U.S. financing of the Honduran police and military, the withdrawal of all U.S. security forces from Honduras, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and private contractors, and an independent investigation of the Ahuas massacre.
Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do to change U.S. policy towards Honduras.