Urge Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew to stop human rights violations in Honduras

From: The Honorable Keith Ellison
Sent By: sara.sudetic@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/10/2016

Urge Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew to stop human rights violations in Honduras

DEADLINE: COB Monday, March 14

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew urging the U.S. government to emphasize the need for the Honduran government to immediately address civil rights violations following the recent murder of Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Cáceres.

The killing of Ms. Cáceres fits into a broad pattern of attacks against and targeted killings of Honduran activists since the 2009 military coup. International human rights organizations have documented a dramatic increase in targeted killings of journalists, legal professionals, LGBTI activists, land rights activists, labor activists, Afro-indigenous and indigenous activists, and other activists in the years since the 2009 military coup.

In this context, we request that the Department of State and the Department of Treasury reconsider U.S. funding and assistance to Honduran security forces and U.S. support for loans to development projects in Honduras that have a history of undermining the land rights of indigenous people and small farmers.

To combat a growing climate of impunity, we also call for the establishment of an independent international investigation of Ms. Cáceres’ murder, in accordance to the wishes of her family, and urge the Honduran government to immediately institute and fund a system of protection for human rights defenders, journalists, and political opposition members who remain at risk.

Honduras has lost an extraordinary advocate for the environment and social justice, and many more of these advocates remain at risk.  Our nation must do everything in our power to ensure this violence and harassment in Honduras ceases. If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Sascha Foertsch atsascha.foertsch@mail.house.gov  (Rep. Johnson) or Sara Sudetic at sara.sudetic@mail.house.gov(Rep. Ellison) by COB, March 14.



Sincerely,



Henry C. “Hank” Johnson                                      Keith Ellison

Member of Congress                                            Member of Congress

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