LAST WEEK, Representative Hank JOHNSON (D-GA) joined by Representatives CONYERS, KAPTUR, ELLISON and SCHAKOWSKY, introduced HR Bill 5474, the “Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” calling for the, “Suspension of security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Representative Hank Johnson stated: "We provide millions of dollars in security assistance to Honduras but these same forces have been found to attack and kill environmental, labor and human rights activists like Cáceres without any effective response from the authorities."
YESTERDAY, a breaking story in the Guardian reports new information related to the tragic murder of Honduran environmental/indigenous rights defender, 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, Berta Caceres. Berta Cáceres appeared on a hit list distributed to US-trained Special Forces units of the Honduran military months before her death. Lists featuring the names and photographs of dozens of social and enviornmental activists were given to two elite units, with orders to eliminate each target.
For years, human rights organizations have meticulously documented the existence of death squads, patterns of targeted killings and human rights violations that are state policy in Honduaas.
For years, human rights organizations have meticulously documented the existence of death squads, patterns of targeted killings and human rights violations that are state policy in Honduras.
Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to support HR Bill 5474, the “Bertha Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act”
Thank you for taking action at this critical moment, in memory of Bertha Cáceres; prophetic voice, a ray of moonlight, a woman who talked to the rivers, a YES to life – indomitable. Your action and support is so important, because, right now “No one is safe, they can kill anyone.”
Blessings and Peace,