Tell Congress: Stop fueling the Honduran human rights crisis
There is a human rights crisis in Honduras and ground zero is the Bajo Aguán region. Forty-five people associated with community organizations as well as a journalist and his partner have been killed in the Bajo Aguán since September 2009.
Last year you helped get 87 members Congress to sign a letter asking Secretary Clinton to halt military and police aid to Honduras. Because of that letter and other advocacy efforts, at the end of 2011 the U.S. State Department placed conditions on military and police aid to Honduras. However, human rights violations have continued. For example, a recent Center for Constitutional Rights report finds numerous cases of assassinations, harassment and threats in recent months against individuals who have spoken out against or reported on police corruption.
Please use the form below to send your representative in Washington a message, asking her/him to sign on to a new Dear Colleague letter circulating in the House, calling for respect for human rights and an immediate suspension of military aid to Honduras.
Please also consider calling your Representative's office to reiterate your message. You can reach their office by calling the congressional switchboard at (202) 224- 3121. Here is a sample script for your call:
"My name is _____. I am a constituent from CITY/TOWN. I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to join in signing the Schakowsky letter in support of human rights in Honduras. Can I count on her/him to sign on? The deadline to sign on is March 7. Please call me this week at YOUR PHONE NUMBER to let me know if you have seen the letter, and if Rep_____ will sign it."
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