Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Hank Johnson (D-GA), along with 27 Members of the House, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew expressing growing concern about human rights violations in Honduras. The letter coincides with the nine-month anniversary of Berta Cáceres’s tragic murder. Please see attached letter.
The Dec 7, 2016 letter follows a March 17, 2016 communication, signed by 62 Members of Congress expressing concerns regarding Bertha’s murder, human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. It reiterates a call for the U.S. government to immediately suspend all police and military aid to Honduras and registers concerns regarding the: "September 30, 2016, Department of State certification that the Honduran government had complied with the human rights conditions placed on aid in the FY2016 Appropriations Act, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary." The letter calls on the Department of State to immediately reconsider its decision to certify.