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The Berta Cáceres Act calls for the suspension of US military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.
120 Activists Murdered
Since 2010, there have been more than 120 documented cases of activists murdered for standing up to the government and companies that grab land and destroy the environment. Nevertheless, the vast majority of these crimes remain uninvestigated and unprosecuted. At the same time, US security assistance to Honduras continues to flow unabated.
Berta Cáceres Killed
March 2, 2016 marked the assassination of Berta Cáceres, world-renowned Honduran indigenous leader and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize. She was killed because of her decades of organizing, most recently for leading the resistance to construction of the illegal Agua Zarca Dam on the sacred Gualcarque River. The hydroelectric company DESA, members of the Honduran military (trained by the US), and the Honduran government are all implicated in her murder. The Honduran government has failed to identify any of the intellectual authors of Berta Cáceres’ assassination, despite having apprehended suspected triggermen. Gustavo Soto, Director of Friends of Earth-Mexico who was shot and almost murdered along with Berta, remains in exile.
The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, H.R. 1299
The Berta Cáceres Act states that "the Honduran police are widely established to be deeply corrupt and to commit human rights abuses, including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder, with impunity” and implicates the military, too. The bill asks that the United States suspend all “. . . security assistance to Honduran military and police until such time as human rights violations by Honduran state security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.” Learn More.
The bill has broad support, including the AFL-CIO, Indigenous Environmental Network, the Sierra Club, and over a hundred other faith, labor, environmental, and human rights organizations. Currently the bill has 55 co-sponsors in Congress. But we need your help to get more support.
TAKE ACTION: Stand for Human Rights
Organizations: Endorse the bill
Individuals: Call your Representatives
Please ask your representative to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation!
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative's office. Once connected, ask to speak with or leave a message with your representative's Latin America policy aide.
"My name is _____. I am a constituent from (your city and state). I am calling to ask Representative _____ to co-sponsor H.R. 1299, The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, calling for suspension of US security aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by the Honduran security forces cease. The Honduran security forces have been implicated in repression against activists, and even though a US-trained military intelligence official has been charged in Berta's murder, those who ordered her murder remain free, and environmental and indigenous leaders continue to be threatened, attacked, and criminalized. Can I count on Representative _____ to sign on? Please call me this week at (your phone number) to let me know if Representative _____ will sign."
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