Take Action: #JusticeForBerta!

US House of Representatives Needed to Co-Sponsor Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act — Call Today!

Mural of Berta Cáceres at the World Social Forum, Montreal. Photo Credit: Stephen Bartlett.

Dear community,

We are excited about the growing movement to stop US support for repression in Honduras. Since June 15th, around 30 US Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors to H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act! Can youtake action to get your representative to co-sponsor this important bill?

Introduced by Rep. Johnson (GA), H.R. 5474 calls for suspension of U.S. military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice. Click here to read the provisions included in the bill.

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About HR 5474: Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

On July 14, 2016, bill HR 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, was introduced to the US House of Representatives by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Conyers (MI), Ellison (MN), Kaptur (OH), Serrano (NY), and Schakowsky (IL).

Why is this legislation important?

HR 5474 marks a great advancement toward ending the repression in Honduras that the US has historically financed and backed. The US government has financially and politically supported the Honduran state, military, and police in their human rights abuses, violent persecution, and killing of indigenous peoples, environmentalists, and frontline activists in Honduras. In 2009, the US State Department backed the coupthat ousted the progressive, democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya, creating the space for the US to influence Honduran politics and leading to the conditions that have resulted in repression and violence against activists, women, grassroots and indigenous movements, and many on the frontlines of protecting their communities, lands, and bodies.

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COPINH Film: Unrelenting Rebellion

COPINH’s new film, Unrelenting Rebellion, illustrates their struggles and courage, recounting their history and ambitions going forward in the work for justice in their community. Check it out in English and Spanish

“With our autonomy, self-determination, pressure and mobilization, we have been able to get community land titles. We have been able to get roads, schools, all types of benefits.” (Tomás Gómez Membreño, General Coordinator of COPINH) 

For more information:
copinhonduras.blogspot.com
copinh.org

JUSTICE FOR BERTA, MEANS JUSTICE FOR THE WORLD!

Global Day of Action Demanding Justice for Berta Cáceres

June 15, 2016

Today, human rights activists are protesting around the world at Honduran consulates and embassies, international development agencies, and government institutions that provide economic development and security aid to the Honduran government – responding to a call to action from the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to demand Justice for Berta Cáceres.

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