This month marks one year since a passenger boat in the Moskitia region of Honduras, carrying 16 people including two pregnant women and six children, was fired on with high caliber weapons in an operation involving four U.S. helicopters, Honduran troops and U.S. DEA agents. The attack left four dead, nine orphans and three seriously injured.
In January, 58 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder calling for a “thorough and credible investigation” of the Ahuas killings. The U.S. State Department replied that there will be no investigation, and has obstructed the Honduran investigation by denying investigators access to the ten DEA agents involved and their weapons.
Just two weeks after the deadly Ahas attack, Ebed Yanes, a 15 year old boy was murdered by the Honduran military when he was chased down in a U.S. donated vehicle assigned to a special forces unit that was trained, equipped and vetted by the United States. An SOA graduate commanded the operation and four SOA graduates were involved in the attempt to cover up the killing.
One year later, these killings remain in impunity. The victims, their families and COFADEH request the national and international community to help by emailing the postcards below to Honduran and U.S. policy makers.
Please take a moment to help those who seek justice and to end militarized violence. Join the Campaign Against Impunity.
You can join COFADEH in their postcard campaign calling for justice for the Ahuas victims and Ebed by downloading the electronic postcard below and e-mailing it to the following U.S. and Honduran authorities:
US Embassy in Honduras, Nathan Anderson: AndersonTN2@state.gov
US Department of State, Benjamin Gedan: GedanBN@state.gov
President Porfirio Lobo at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
President of Honduran Supreme Court, Jorge Alberto Rivera Avilés: email@example.com,
Attorney General, Luis Alberto Rubí: firstname.lastname@example.org,
President of the Honduran Congress Juan Orlando Hernandez: email@example.com,
Human Rights prosecutor, German Enamorado: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Ana Pineda: email@example.com