News Flashes

Amnesty International issues ACTION ALERT for Dina Meza

Dina Meza, award winning journalist and human rights activist with COFADEH, has received a series of threats of sexual violence against her in recent weeks. Amnesty International has issued an URGENT ACTION.   Her safety is at risk.  Please see the attached Alert and take Action.  
 

NEW DEADLINE: Next Human Rights Accompaniment Training for new volunteers, June 2012 in Atlantic Canada

PLEASE NOTE: PROAH accepts applications on an ongoing basis from individuals who have been trained for human rights accompaniment in the recent past with organizations familiar to PROAH who have extensive experience in accompaniment work in a comparable context and fulfill the rest of the requirements mentioned above and in this PDF.

Nicaragua - New Security Paradigm

Nicaragua News Bulliten 3.20.2012 -The English language web newspaper “Honduras Weekly” asked in Mar. 13 headline, “Nicaragua: A Security Model for Honduras?” The article, written by Hannah Stone, noted the concern recently expressed by Nicaraguan National Police Chief Aminta Granera that gangs from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras could move south, bringing the violence of the so-called Northern Triangle to Nicaragua.

Nicaragua says Poverty Alleviation Crucial to Control Drug Trafficking

Nicaragua News Bulletin 3/13/2012  US Vice-President Joe Biden met with the presidents of Central America on Mar. 6 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for a discussion of drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. After the meeting, characterized as frank and open, Biden said that the administration of President Barack Obama would ask Congress for US$107 million annually for a regional Central American security strategy.

94 House Members call on Clinton to Suspend Assistance to Honduras

94 HOUSE MEMBERS SEND LETTER TO SECRETARY CLINTON

CALLING FOR SUSPENSION OF ASSISTANCE TO HONDURAS

Labor Unions call on State Department to suspend U.S. aid to Honduras

Ten U.S. Labor Unions issued a letter backing Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) Dear Colleague letter circulating in the House of Representatives calling on the State Department to immediately suspend U.S. aid to Honduran police and military. (see letter attached)

25th Anniversary of Ben Linder - Presente!

April 28th marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of our friend and compañero Benjamin Linder alongside his two Nicaraguan workmates Sergio Hernandez and Pablo Rosales in the area of San Jose de Bocay.
 
The Casa Ben Linder is organizing a series of events to commemorate that terrible day and to remember the important legacy of Ben's life and work.

Pentagon increases spending in Honduras

Analysis of U.S. Military Contracts in Latin America and Caribbean
By John Lindsay-Poland
Despite persistent reports of serious corruption and human rights abuses by the Honduran army and police, the Pentagon increased its contract spending in Honduras to $53.8 million in Fiscal Year 2011, up by 71% from the previous year.