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Sponsor of the Berta Caceres Act speaks out on coup in Bolivia

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), sponsor of HR – 1945 The Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, was joined by 13 House Members in denouncing the military coup in Bolivia. Ten years ago, a US backed military coup broke constitutional order in Honduras, ushering in a human right catastrophe that claimed the life of the indigenous and environmental rights leader Berta Caceres. In the letter, Rep. Johnson calls on the US to demand restoration of constitutional order and to withdrawal support for a coup that will lead to the same deadly violence that has devastated Honduras.
https://hankjohnson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-johnson-co…

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The Friendship Office is supporting fundraising efforts for the Fundación Entre Mujeres (FEM), an organization of peasant women in northern Nicaragua.Over the past 24 years the FEM has grown to include 2,500 members in 17 communities and eight agricultural cooperatives throughout Estelí. From the outset, the FEM included in its core mission the goals of promoting the education and health of women and girls, and fighting domestic violence. SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR BODIES, OUR RIGHTS AND OUR SEEDS! Support the Fundación Entre Mujeres in Nicaragua. Click here to see how you can help!

Progressive Caucus Leaders Issue Statement on Honduras

Leaders of the Progressive Caucus issued a statement following the conviction of the brother of the President of Honduras, for trafficking drugs and weapons. Prosecutors established that the 2009 US backed military coup in Honduras opened the way for large amounts of cocaine to enter the United States and named the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, as co-conspirator in a “massive state sponsored drug trafficking operation.” Progressive Caucus leaders are calling on the US to suspend funding to the police and military of Honduras and for passage of HR 1945, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act. Read the full Statement.

Calm and Conflict a Dispatch from Nicaragua – Dr. James Phillips

Dr. James Phillips, author of Honduras in Dangerous Times, also has many years of experience in Nicaragua. In an article published in Counterpunch, he writes of the legacy of the US sponsored contra war on both countries and of new reports about armed groups forming in Honduras and Nicaragua. He underscores the concerns of Honduran human rights defenders about the predictably deadly impact of this “convergence of forces and interests among gang members, narcotraffickers, and former Contras in Honduras, together with anti-Ortega re-Contra groups in Nicaragua…. A neat distinctions between armed political opposition and criminal groups seems increasingly untenable in this context that affects both countries. That these groups are actively supported by United States agencies is uncertain but widely suspected, based on a long history of U.S. support for “regime change” in Nicaragua.” Phillips emphasizes the need to learn from the tragic mistakes of the past. ” Maybe someday, with our help, Washington will leave Nicaragua to sort out its own problems in peace.” https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/20/calm-and-con%EF%AC%82ict-a-dispa…

Ten years after the coup, repression rages in Honduras

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), sponsor of the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, denounces repression in Honduras and the complicity of U.S. security assistance.”Unfortunately, the Honduran security forces use our military support to terrorize the Honduran people, forcing them to flee their communities as those same security forces commit human rights abuses while engaging in violent criminal activity, including drug trafficking.”https://medium.com/@rep.hankjohnson/ten-years-after-the-coup-repression-…

Rep. Schakowsky calls on the US to suspend security assistance to Honduras

Ten years ago, in the aftermath of the June 28th military coup, the Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) asked Rep. Jan Schakowsky to come to Honduras, to see the impact of US policy in support of the coup. Ten years later Honduras roils in conflict and people flee by the tens of thousands. Rep. Schakowsky calls on the US to re-evaluate its policy in Honduras and to suspend security assistance for a “dictatorial president who abuses power and implicates our country in the human rights abuses of his regime.”https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/450462-10-years-a…

COFADEH alert in response to government decision to deploy armed forces in response to mounting protests

COFADEH issued an alert following the decision of Honduran President to deploy 25,000 members of the armed forces across the country in response to growing protests against the continuation of military and economic violence and rampant corruption since the 2009 coup. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras expressed concern and reminded the State of Honduras that the military should not participate in matters of public order. Read the Alert: New Urgencies in the Crisis