Here is a translation of the article from Conexihon.info that covers the incident that occurred yesterday regarding the 3 MOCSAM members that were murdered by sugar company security guards. The campesino are still occupying the land today and are under threat by the paramilitary guards who illegally possess military grade firearms. Valentin Avelar’s body was finally attended to by the medical examiner at 9pm. 6 hours after the shooting!!
PLEASE CALL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY of Human Rights in Cortres, RENE DIAZ 011 (504) 3389-5098. AND Ministra de Justicia y Derechos Humanos, Ana Piñeda (504) 9982 680
Demand that the human rights of the campesinos of MOCSAM be protected. Inform Fiscalia Diaz that international observers will continue to follow the situation. Also inform them of the illegal possession of military grade firearms by the guards. Continue reading →
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>CLANDESTINE GRAVES BEING DUG UP IN HONDURAS : The Nightmare Of Repression Continues
>US Gives Honduras $1.75 Million for Police; Promises $200 Million for El Salvador, Guatemala and Central America (story follows below)
Exhumations… by Defensores en Línea (Translation by Sandra Cuffe) 24 April 2013
TEGUCIGALPA – National and international media gathered in the Committee of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) office for the announcement of the exhumation of human remains found in the Paso Aguán plantation, in the jurisdiction of Trujillo, Colón.
National Call-in Day! Echo the Voices of Grassroots Activists in DC! Tuesday, April 9: Call Your Member of Congress Today
In Honduras, and across the Americas, human rights activists, teachers, students, medics, and farmers are mobilizing, speaking out, putting their bodies on the line and demanding that the US end the militarization of the Hemisphere. And in the belly of the beast, SOA Watch activists are meeting this week with their members of Congress, urging them to take a stand on the side of justice.
We need you to pick up the phone now, and echo the voices of thousands across the Hemisphere. Click here to find your Representative (or call the Capitol Switchboard TOLL FREE at 866-338-1015 and ask to be connected to your Representative), and ask that they become an original cosponsor to the forthcoming McGovern bill to suspend and investigate the SOA/WHINSEC.Continue reading →
The State Department assured Congress that millions of U.S. tax dollars given to the Honduran National Police only go to units that don’t operate under the direct supervision of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla, who has been accused of responsibility for extrajudicial killings for which he has never been investigated. But the Associated Press has found that all Honduran National Police units are under Bonilla’s control. Aid to police units under Bonilla’s control violate U.S. law.
Urge the Obama Administration and Congress to end all U.S. aid to the Honduran National Police, as required by U.S. law. Continue reading →
Weekly News Update on the Americas Issue #1170, March 31, 2013
1. Panama: Ngöbe-Buglé Murdered After Anti-Dam Protest 2. Mexico: 22 Injured in Oaxaca Wind Farm Protest 3. Chile: Students Resume Marches for Education Reform 4. Haiti: Haïti Progrès Editor Honorat Gunned Down 5. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, US/immigrationContinue reading →
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The U.S. State Department, which spends millions of taxpayer dollars a year on the Honduran National Police, has assured Congress that money only goes to specially vetted and trained units that don’t operate under the direct supervision of a police chief once accused of extrajudicial killings and “social cleansing.”
But The Associated Press has found that all police units are under the control of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla, nicknamed the “Tiger,” who in 2002 was accused of three extrajudicial killings and links to 11 more deaths and disappearances. He was tried on one killing and acquitted. The rest of the cases were never fully investigated. Continue reading →