Released: Filed Under: Stoa Policy
The U.S. gives Honduras military and law enforcement aid (security aid). Since 2009, Honduras has received nearly $114 million in security aid. Not only that, but the U.S. government also provides training to the Honduran National Police. But the training and funding are sadly misused. Journalists and activists aren’t given the freedom of expression. When they speak out, they are assassinated. Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmentalist activists. Instead of protecting the people, the Honduran security services that we are aiding are oppressing them.
The AFF plan is to pass the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (H.R. 1299), a bill recently introduced in Congress but not enacted. This Act prohibits funds from being made available to Honduras for its police and military (including for equipment and training) until Honduras’ government has prosecuted members of the police and military for human rights violations, established a judicial system for bringing to justice those members of the police and military, and established that it protects the rights of activists to operate without interference.
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Rebecca Sumner has debated Policy for three years and has qualified for NITOC two years in a row. Both times, the qualification came within three tournaments. This past year she and her partner placed second, third, and first at the three regular-season tournaments they went to.