US State Department
More than a year has passed since a DEA-assisted drug war operation in the Honduran Moskitia killed four indigenous Miskitu civilians, and relatives of the victims are still looking for answers. Responses have been few and far between. Honduran judicial authorities highlight a lack of cooperation from the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, impeding their investigation.
On Al Jazeera, "Inside Story America" talks with Annie Bird (Rights Action) and Alberto Arce about whether the US state department is misleading Congress about possible US funding for Honduran death squads?
- LINK: “Broken Anvil”, an 18 minute film about the May 11, 2012, US-DEA massacre in Honduras
- LINK: “COLLATORAL DAMAGE OF A DRUG WAR”, about the US-DEAD massacre in Honduras
- HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FUNDS NEEDED for survivors and family members
Today, human rights activists and lawyers report that the Honduran police intend to transfer the 27 protesters from the Aguan region in Honduras - detained and beaten yesterday - to the maximum security prison in Tamara, where they would be held without visitation rights. This is not a pretrial detention center, and there are no charges against the detainees as they were liberated yesterday. The police are acting with extreme violence in a manner rarely seen since the June 2009 military coup, which leads human rights activists to believe that the behavior responds to superior orders.
An article regarding the AfGJ / Rights Action delegation that went to La Moskitia to investigate the May 11th DEA massacre in Ahuas, Honduras.
On January 5, 2012, just days before the January 14 inauguration of former general Otto Perez Molina as President of Guatemala, a Guatemalan court in a highly irregular procedure dismissed charges against Perez Molina for the 1992 forced disappearance, illegal detention, prolonged torture and presumed extrajudicial execution of Efrain Bamaca.
The US is advancing a regional security strategy which apparently is oriented toward the militarization of Central America and the participation of private security contractors in policing, a strategy also being promoted for Central America by the IDB (Inter American Development Bank) and former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.
First, the US backed a coup that deposed the elected president. Now, it's backing the return of death-squad government
A public letter signed by many organizations (including Rights Action) to the government of Guatemala and Goldcorp Inc., once more demanding the suspension of Goldcorp’s “marlin” mine in Guatemala.