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Tue Mar 13, 2012, 02:32 PM

94 House Members Send Letter to Secretary Clinton Calling for Suspension of Assistance to Honduras

Source: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

94 House Members Send Letter to Secretary Clinton Calling for Suspension of Assistance to Honduras
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 9:10am

The following is a news release from the office of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2012) - Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 93 fellow House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to raise the alarm over human rights violations in Honduras where human rights defenders, journalists, community leaders and opposition activists are subject to death threats, attacks and extrajudicial executions. Today also marks the 18th fatal attack on a member of the news media in the past two years after a Honduran journalist was killed by an unknown attacker wielding a machete.

In the Bajo Aguán region, forty-five people associated with peasant organizations working to resolve ongoing land disputes have been killed since September 2009, as well as seven security guards, a policeman, a journalist and his partner, and three other persons. Underlying the violence are long-standing land conflicts, and witnesses have reported that private security guards on disputed farmlands are the perpetrators of many of these crimes.

These cases have yet to be investigated and prosecuted, resulting in a climate of impunity. In September 2011, Human Rights Watch reported that while some arrest warrants have been issued, no one has been arrested or charged for these killings. While the legal system has failed to effectively prosecute perpetrators of extrajudicial executions, legal proceedings have been initiated against at least 162 small farmers and more than 80 were temporarily arrested, largely on charges of trespassing and theft of farm produce, between January 2010 and July 2011.

"In the absence of a serious commitment to stopping human rights abuses, including a full investigation and prosecution of the killings and the suspension of any members of the Honduran official security establishment involved in the abuses, the U.S. should suspend military assistance to Honduras," said Rep. Schakowsky. "Those who have perpetuated these crimes should be punished. The Honduran government ought to know that the United States is absolutely serious about stopping these human rights violations. I'm optimistic about getting a meaningful response from the State Department."


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Reply 94 House Members Send Letter to Secretary Clinton Calling for Suspension of Assistance to Honduras (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2012 OP
Blue_Tires Mar 2012 #1
EFerrari Mar 2012 #5
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lsewpershad Mar 2012 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 03:29 PM

1. Remember when those RW congresscritters flew down there after the coup

to rub elbows with the new leader??

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 08:49 AM

5. And how Hillary Clinton provided cover for them at the OAS

and how Susan Rice refused to allow any discussion of their abuses at the U.N.

Jan is an optimist. I don't see the State Department turning on their own coup.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 03:30 PM

2. Democrats!

The good ones, that is!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 05:03 PM

3. But

US loves stability more than democracy..... and would always support dictators in the name of "stability" over democracy which may seem more chaotic because everyone what their voices heard.

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Response to lsewpershad (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 07:59 AM

4. No, not stability, the US loves puppet regimes...

that allow corporations to pillage a country's assets. US will create instability when it is a means to that end.

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