Tell Congress: No US Support for Repression in Honduras

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Since the June 28, 2009 military coup d’état that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, CCR has been on several fact-finding trips to Honduras and has been working to address systemic human rights violations taking place throughout the country, which include the murders of scores of political activists, union leaders and members of the LGBT community as well as ten journalists. In particular, we have advocated against the US government's current policy of supporting - through military, police and other aid - the violent and undemocratic regime in Honduras. This advocacy is needed now more than ever: in the last two weeks, repression against the resistance movement has intensified.  CCR has received reports of live ammunition being fired at protesters, resulting in bullet wounds, and the systemic abuse of teargas, which has resulted in the death of a teacher who was hit directly with a canister and the near asphyxiation of a two-month-old baby, among other serious incidents.

We urgently need your help: Please write to your representatives in Congress today.  Tell them you do not want your tax dollars to go to support a repressive regime in Honduras, which is only intensifying its attacks on its people.

 

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We would also like to take this opportunity to update you on our work in support of the True Commission, established by the Honduran Human Rights Platform. On March 24, 2011, CCR attorneys filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests on behalf of the True Commission for information from the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. On this same date, CCR filed FOIA litigation against the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency for withholding information that should have been handed over under an investigative journalist’s earlier FOIA requests.  You can learn more about this legal action by visiting our webpage here.

You can learn more about the True Commission by reading CCR’s factsheet, available for download here.

Thank you for taking action to protect human rights in Honduras.