Action Alert: Call your senator today to support human rights in Honduras
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Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Subject: Action Alert: Call your senator today to support human rights in Honduras
Please contact your US senators by Friday, June 7. Ask them to sign this important letter re human rights conditions on US police and military aid to Honduras.
(This is only for US senators – not for your congressperson.)
Email them via: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/625/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13611
Phone calls are more effective:
Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio) – policy aide Doug Babcock 202.228.6321
Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) – policy aide Brent Bombach 202.224.3353
“My name is _____. I am a constituent from (town / city) in (your state). I am calling to ask Senator _____ to sign the Benjamin Cardin letter on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras. Has Senator _ ___ seen this letter? Can I count on him/her to sign on? Please call me this week at (_your phone number_) to let me know if you have seen the letter, and if Senator _____ will sign it.”
Then take a minute to let us know that you contacted them: andy@...
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U.S. Embassy: Police Cleanup Failure
On June 3, the United States suspended all aid it was giving the Honduran Dirección de Investigación y Evaluación de la Carrera Policial (DIECP).
The DIECP is responsible for carrying out the confidence testing of Honduran police, part of a process to weed out those who should not be police.
The funds, among other things used to pay for foreign lie detector contractors, to assist the DIECP, come from the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).
It's been apparent for a while that the DIECP wasn't working well.
Earlier this year Porfirio Lobo Sosa "accepted" (after requesting) the resignations of Eduardo Villanueva, the DIECP director, and his deputy. However, both continue to serve because Porfirio Lobo Sosa has made no effort to appoint replacements.
As of Tuesday, Villanueva told El Tiempo that he had received no notice from the US Embassy of the funding cuts.
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Content of this monthly newsletter:
Colombia: Could Colombia’s FARC Rebels Break Apart
Colombia: The U.S. War on communism, drugs and terrorism
Colombia: Leading the world in displacement due to conflict and organized crime
El Salvador: Spends on security not social welfare
Guatemala: Genocide trial collapsed
Guatemala: Report traces arms trafficking from US to Guatemala
Honduras: Exhumation of the Paso Aguan Farm
Honduras: Family members of Ebed Yares hold vigil outside court
Honduras: U.S. still funding death squads
Obama and the Militarization of the “Drug War” in Mexico and Central America
Support the Honduras human rights letter to the US State Department: Contact your US senator today!
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