Help Save Lives – Human rights accompaniment in Honduras

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Help Save Lives – Support Human rights accompaniment in Honduras : 

 Click here to make a tax-deductible donation by credit card online, or send a check with “accompaniment” in the memo line to:Honduras Solidarity Network c/o Alliance for Global Justice, 225 E 26th St., Ste. 1, Tucson, AZ 85713

A Honduras cooperative leader is picked up by police in the Aguan Valley. Demonstrating students at the Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa are surrounded by police. An army unit sets up camp in the middle of a farming cooperative. A political prisoner is transported to court amid death threats.

Honduras Solidarity Network long-term human rights accompaniers Greg McCain and Karen Spring rush to the scene, ready to respond. When they arrive, authorities know that the eyes of international human rights organizations are now on them and that North Americans will soon be calling the police station, the university rector’s office, the commanding general, and the court judges.
International accompaniers save lives and liberty in Honduras. Just this month “Chabelo,” a campesino farmer was found innocent after spending eight years in prison for a crime he did not commit. For the past three years Greg McCain and the Honduras Solidarity Network accompanied Chabelo and his family through repeated court hearings amid increasingly serious death threats to his final exoneration. There is no such thing as justice for campesinos in Honduras. Only because of international mobilizations and accompaniment was he finally set free. You can help free future Chabelos or stop their murders by supporting HSN’s human rights accompaniment by donating now.
Since the US-backed coup on June 28, 2009, security forces who commit human rights violations, violent evictions, extrajudicial executions, and torture know that they can commit their crimes with total impunity. But the government is still sensitive to international opinion so when international observers are present they are more likely to restrain the violence.

Long-term and short-term human rights accompaniment is among the most important solidarity that we can provide to the brave people of Honduras who struggle for justice and democracy. Short-term accompaniment delegations, organized by many of the 30 groups in the Honduras Solidarity Network, are important, indeed vital. But there are many times when there is no delegation in the country. At those times Greg McCain and Karen Spring put their own safety on the line to expose human rights violations and to mobilize international solidarity. They are a physical presence and they assist with on-going human rights cases and investigations, community projects, informing international press, and sending out articles and opinion pieces to frame the debate about the US and Canadian role in Honduras.

It costs money to house, feed, and transport long-term accompaniers so they can do this important work. Greg raises his own costs. Karen, who is also the in-country coordinator of the HSN, is supported by the Network.
Will you make a tax-deductible donation today to help save lives in Honduras? We will split your contribution evenly to support Greg and Karen. We can’t all be in Honduras to do the work on the ground, but we can all give something…no matter how small…to support those who are risking their lives to help ensure that yet another Honduran mother does not have to bury the broken body of her son or husband.
 Click here to make a tax-deductible donation by credit card online, or send a check with “accompaniment” in the memo line to:
Honduras Solidarity Network
c/o Alliance for Global Justice
225 E 26th St., Ste. 1
Tucson, AZ 85713

Please support the work of the Honduras Solidarity Network by donating now!


Letter in Support of Chabelo Morales

HSN member organizations and others (32 total) joined in a letter in support of Chabelo Morales (English letter below) as he goes to his third trial for the same charges. DSC_0080

September 2015

As representatives from the international human rights and solidarity community, we come together to demand justice for José Isabel “Chabelo” Morales during his retrial. In that there are currently over 5000 campesinos with judicial proceedings against them, Chabelo’s case is emblematic of the criminalization of peasant farmers (campesinos) who struggle for access to land.

In light of the persistent violations to human rights in Honduras, we demand:

⦁ That Chabelo’s retrial scheduled for September 28th – October 9th, 2015 be fair and impartial. Further, we demand unconditional freedom for Chabelo.

⦁ A full investigation into human rights violations and judicial irregularities surrounding all of Chabelo’s judicial hearings.

⦁ A full investigation into the ongoing threats and intimidation against the Morales family and community of Guadalupe Carney.

⦁ A full investigation into the abuse of authority of Colonel Henry Osorto Canales who was recently nominated for advancement from Sub-Commissioner of the National Police to the position of Commissioner.

⦁ A suspension of aid to Honduran police, military and security until the human rights violations perpetrated by these forces ceases; specifically, the continued aid by the United States to the National Police and funding to the Public Prosecutors office (Ministerio Publico) given the ongoing abuses.

José Isabel “Chabelo” Morales López, 39, was in prison for 6 years, 9 months, and 7 days for a crime that he did not commit. He and his family are campesinos in the Aguán Valley in the heart of the African palm-producing region of the northern coast of Honduras. His arrest and imprisonment were aimed at punishing and criminalizing the campesino movement in Honduras as well as being products of the well-documented corruption and impunity that has this country in its grip. Chabelo is recognized as being unjustly imprisoned by numerous human rights and rural advocacy groups including Via Campesina, SOAW, FIAN International, COFADEH and ERIC-SJ.

Chabelo was arrested in October 2008 after heavily armed members of Henry Osorto’s family and private security attacked the campesinos in an attempt to illegally take land that had been legally granted to the campesinos. One campesino was killed by shots from the Osorto house and 11 members of the Osorto group were left dead. In a clear conflict of interest and abuse of authority, Henry Osorto led the investigation which was incomplete, inconsistent, and forensically questionable.

Arrest warrants for 36 residents of Chabelo’s community were issued without evidence that theindividuals were involved. Chabelo was one of them, he and one other person were the only ones arrested and charged with 11 counts of murder, arson, and robbery despite there being no concrete evidence of their involvement. At his trial over two years after his detention (a clear violation of the Honduran Penal Code, and notably after the military coup in June 2009) the charges were reduced to one count of homicide. The other person was found not guilty due to contradictions in the testimony of the prosecution witnesses and yet they let these same contradictions stand in the conviction of Chabelo.

The panel of judges found Chabelo guilty despite a lack of evidence and the contradictory stories, but sentencing was delayed for over 2 years. Because of that and many other irregularities, the Honduran Supreme Court annulled his conviction and ordered a new trial which took place in January 2014. The new trial was moved to another department, but was assigned judges from the Aguán, including two who had refused to release Chabelo from prison pending the new trial, a clear violation of the Supreme Court order. The defense asked for the two judges to recuse themselves but lost the decision.

Prosecution witnesses including Henry Osorto perjured themselves once again, radically changing their testimony and contradicting their sworn statements in an attempt to incriminate Chabelo. The judges refused to allow the defense to place those contradictions into the record. The prosecution echoed statements made by Osorto about the small farmers in general being violent terrorists rather than giving evidence as to Chabelo’s involvement. Defense witnesses presented the same testimony as previously, noting that Chabelo was not present at the scene when the confrontation and deaths occurred. The judges found Chabelo guilty and he was sentenced to 17.5 years. Chabelo’s defense lawyers filed an appeal, which was finally reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The court once again annulled the conviction and sentencing based on procedural inconsistencies on the part of the prosecutor and judges, but once again ordered a retrial. The Defense also solicited the court to free Chabelo pending the retrial based on numerous violations to the penal code. This was the seventh solicitation in five years based on these violations.

The initial hearing of the retrial was held on July 24th, 2015 in La Ceiba. The magistrates quickly ruled in favor of Chabelo’s release based on the violations and scheduled the retrial to be held between September 28th and October 9th in Trujillo.

Based on the clear violations to the human rights of Chabelo Morales, we demand his unconditional freedom. In addition to the demands stated above we further demand protection from retaliation on the part of Colonel Henry Osorto Canales against Chabelo Morales and his family.


1) La Voz de los de Abajo, Chicago

2) Alliance for Global Justice

3) Nicaragua Center for Community Action (NICCA), Berkeley, CA

4) International Action Center

5) Michigan Emergency Coalition Against War and Injustice

6) Colectivo Honduras USA Resistencia=libre (D19/New York)

7) Task Force On the Americas

8) San Francisco School of the Americas Watch (SOAWSF)

9) Latin America Solidarity Committee, Milwaukee

10) Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Committee (BALASC)

11) The Cross Border Network, Kansas City, MO

12) Portland Central America Solidarity Committee

13) Hondureños Por La Pachamama

14) Oakland – School of the Americas Watch, USA

15) Hondureños D19 Northern California

16) Radios Populares, Chicago

17) Witness for Peace Southwest

18) Gay Liberation Network, Chicago

19) US El Salvador Sister Cities

20) Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, St. Louis

21) School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)

22) Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)

23) FIAN Internacional – Sección Honduras

24) Movimiento Ambientalista Santabarbarense (MAS)

25) Foro de Mujeres por la Vida


27) Grassroots International

28) Observatorio Permanente de Derechos Humanos del Aguán

29) Voices for Creative Nonviolence

30) Workers World Party

31) Loretto – Kansas City

32) 8th Day Center for Justice, Chicago


U.S. Congressional Letter to Secretary of State Again Expresses Opposition

Members of Congress have once again called on the Obama administration to stop funding Honduras’ security forces. Alarmed at the rampant militarization of policing activities throughout the country and a rash of recent reports of human rights abuses involving Honduran security forces, 21 House Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of State Kerry on August 19 expressing their concern and making a series of specific requests, including “the suspension and re-evaluation of further training and support for Honduran police and military units until the Honduran government adequately addresses human rights abuses.”

For several years now U.S. legislators have been urging the administration to either suspend or overhaul its security assistance programs in Honduras. Back in March of 2012, 94 Democrats asked then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to suspend military and police assistance, noting “credible allegations of widespread, serious allegations of human rights abuses attributed to [Honduran] security forces” and the impunity surrounding targeted attacks against “human rights defenders, journalists, community leaders and opposition activists.” Two years later, 108 House Democrats sent a letter to Kerry expressing concern over the accelerated militarization of domestic law enforcement under current president Juan Orlando Hernández and calling for the State Department to review its security programs in Honduras. Similar letters have appeared in the U.S. Senate, with, for instance, 21 senators questioning Honduran government compliance with human rights conditions attached to U.S. security assistance.

The Congressional letter of August 19 – led by Representatives Hank Johnson (a leading opponent of militarized law enforcement in the U.S.) and Jan Schakowsky (who has led several previous letters regarding Honduras’ appalling human rights situation) – describes the steady militarization of policing that has taken place in Honduras since 2010: The massive deployment of army units to police Honduran streets, followed by the creation of a 3000-strong military police force under a military line of command and a new “super-ministry” of Security combining civilian and military security institutions under the direction of a recently retired general.

This militarization trend is troubling enough in a country that only emerged from military rule in the 1980s and was subjected to a military coup d’état in June of 2009, but there is also abundant documented evidence of widespread abuses perpetrated by military personnel and militarized police, some of which is described in the letter:

Over the last few months, military police agents have reportedly threatened and harassed journalists, community leaders, and members of the indigenous organization COPINH; forcibly evicted small farmers without a warrant; raided the home of a student leader involved in recent protests; and shot and killed an unarmed woman selling mangos, among other alleged crimes. As reported by Al-Jazeera, Defensores en Linea and Today Media Network, these forces have also allegedly conducted raids against the homes of opposition activists, and participated in the killing of land-rights activists and peaceful demonstrators.

The U.S. government’s response to these alarming developments has been to request more security assistance for Honduras, in particular through an increase in funding for the opaque Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). There’s no indication that the administration is concerned about Honduras’ militarization or that it is seeking to leverage U.S. security assistance to try to reverse the trend. On the contrary, it has been providing direct support to militarization efforts, as the Johnson/Schakowsky letter notes:

We are concerned about Honduran media reports that in mid-May of this year, a team of 300 U.S. military and civilian personnel, including Marines and the FBI, conducted “rapid response” training with 500 [agents from] FUSINA [a militarized security task force combining personnel from police, military, intelligence and judicial agencies], using U.S. helicopters and planes, despite allegations regarding the agency’s repeated involvement in human-rights violations.

Similarly, U.S. green beret special forces have been training a militarized Honduran police unit called the TIGRES [which stands for Intelligence Troop and Special Security Response Groups], “instilling fundamental principles of close quarters battle and knowing how to execute them amidst the chaos that is combat”, according to a U.S. Army article published in March. Though touted as an exemplary, elite force, nearly two dozen TIGRES agents, trained and vetted by the U.S. government, were caught stealing over $1.3 million in drug money following a counter-narcotics operation late last year.

In addition to asking for security assistance to Honduras to be put on hold, the Johnson/Schakowsky letter makes a series of detailed requests which focus on getting the State Department to genuinely implement human rights safeguards required by law and to increase transparency around security aid programs in Honduras.

The letter asks for:

–        “The State Department’s strict evaluation of U.S. support and training for the Honduran police and military in accordance with human rights conditions placed in the FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act.” [A Senate Appropriations Committee report that accompanies the FY2015 SFOPS Act specifies that 50% of security assistance allocated to Honduras under International Narcotic Control and Law Enforcement and Foreign Military Funding headings be withheld pending State Department certification of Honduran government compliance with six human rights and rule of law conditions that include the investigation and prosecution of “army and police personnel who are credibly alleged to have violated human rights.” In the past, the State Department has generally certified the Honduran government as compliant with conditions set by the Committee, despite the strong misgivings expressed by 21 U.S. senators (i.e., 1/5th of the Senate). It’s worth noting that the Committee report attached to pending FY2016 appropriations legislation has conditioned 75% of all assistance under State and Foreign Operations appropriations to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and includes, among its new set of conditions, State Department certification that the governments are taking “effective steps” to “create a professional, accountable civilian police force and end the role of the military in internal policing” and to “prosecute and punish in civilian courts members of security forces who violate human rights.”]

–        “Full implementation of the Leahy Law…” [which prohibits the departments of State and Defense from providing support to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.]

–        “A detailed description of how the Department of State is currently implementing these statutes [i.e., the conditioning of security assistance under Leahy Law and existing appropriations legislation], including what metrics the Department is using to assess whether the Honduran government has adequately addressed human rights abuses.” [The State Department hasn’t revealed the methodology it employs to enforce Leahy Law provisions or SFOPS appropriations human rights conditions on aid.]

–        “Urge the Honduran government to implement serious and concrete measures to address military and police abuses, and to halt the continued involvement of the military in domestic law enforcement.” [As mentioned above, these are among the aid conditionalities that the Honduran government would need to meet under the pending FY2016 appropriations legislation. There is little indication that the Honduran government is interested in implementing these measures. In early 2014, the ruling National Party eliminated a widely respected police reform commission and ignored its recommendations for cleaning up the country’s notoriously corrupt police. Under growing pressure from Congress and human rights groups, the government recently announced a series of reforms to the police – designed in tandem with U.S. advisors – that appear to amount to little more than an administrative reorganization. Given that Honduran officials still fail to acknowledge abuses by security forces, there is deep skepticism surrounding the announcement. Not to mention that there is no sign that the government is scaling back its militarization efforts].

–        “Finally, we request a full itemized report on the use of funds allocated for U.S. security assistance to Honduras in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations law for FY2015 and for upcoming FY2106 appropriations legislation.” [Effective independent scrutiny of how U.S. security assistance is used is extremely difficult given the total lack of transparency surrounding the disbursement process. Tens of millions of dollars in security assistance have been funneled to Honduras through the State Department’s notoriously opaque Central America Regional Security Initiative.   As yet there is no public record of where and how the funds have been used, nor are there any clear metrics available on what sort of impact CARSI assistance has had].

Though largely ignored by the U.S. press (with the exception of one article in an inside-the-Beltway outlet and articles in the Spanish-language press), the Johnson/Schakowsky letter has received massive media attention in Honduras. The question is, will Secretary of State John Kerry pay attention to this new appeal from Congress?

Original Article in CEPR blog




Honduran people demand an end to corruption, impunity, and militarization

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The statement below from the Honduras Solidarity Network was delivered to the US Embassy by the HSN member, Alliance for Global Justice, delegation the morning of Friday, July 31, 2015. The delegation presented the letter in a meeting with the Deputy Political Counselor, the Deputy Director, INL and the Director of the USAID/Honduras program office in order to express the HSN member organizations’ stand in support of the Honduran people and against US policy in Honduras. 
Statement from the Honduras Solidarity Network  of North America
Honduran people demand an end to corruption, impunity, and militarization
As members of The Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) of North America, we declare our solidarity with the many thousands of Hondurans who have been protesting for months with vigils, marches with torches, and an ongoing hunger strike. We support their demands for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez; the installation of an international independent commission (CICIH), to investigate the government corruption after the massive theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS) by the ruling National Party; and a thorough investigation into the more than 3000 deaths in the health system during this crisis. This is a peoples’ movement in which the political opposition, the social movements, and the majority of the society are confronting obstacles to a better future for their country. 
We recognize that this outrageous and extraordinary corruption is one more example of actions outside the law, and against all the democratic principles committed by the Honduran political and economic elite, supported by the US government, which began with the 2009 military coup, and has continued with the subsequent coup governments. The most recent corruption scandal comes after 6 years of attacks against human rights defenders, agrarian and indigenous activists, and the entire political and social opposition movement. It comes as part of an attempt to consolidate illegitimate power that includes the removal of more independent Supreme Court justices in 2012 when the current president was the head of Congress and the subsequent decision, after Hernandez came to power in 2014, by the new court to declare null and void the anti-reelection clause of the Honduran constitution.
We strongly condemn the fact that the US Government’s support for the regime in Honduras continues. In fact as corruption was devastating the public health system, creating conditions in which thousands of people died; as the Honduran people and a diverse political opposition united their voices demanding President Hernandez’s resignation, the US Ambassador announced, “Our relationship (with the Honduran government) has never been better”. We are deeply concerned that the very few statements/actions by the US government about impunity and corruption, such as the agreement brokered between Transparency International, Association for a More Just Society, and the Honduran government,  are aimed at  whitewashing the crimes of the Honduran regime with token investigations and the possible prosecution of a handful of officials in order to gain support in the US for the so called “Alliance for Prosperity” — the $1-billion dollar package proposed for the countries of the Northern Triangle under the Biden Plan in the U.S. Congress. The rise of the recent movement against corruption is a demonstration of the failure of the existing agreement.  
We reject the common agenda the United States government  shares with international corporations, the IMF and the Honduran oligarchy represented by Juan Orlando Hernandez.   That agenda is an aggressive neoliberal program to privatize education, health care, and infrastructure while putting the country’s land and resources in the hands of foreign mining companies, hydroelectric, and mega-touristic projects, and powerful agribusiness interests.  This agenda is backed up by the US economic and military power. As if to make clear its support for the regime the US recently sent another group of 300 Marines to Honduras and conducted military helicopter exercises even as the corruption scandal was being revealed. 
We stand in solidarity also with the call from the indigenous, campesino, and trade union organizations, and other social sectors for solutions to the labor, agrarian, and territorial crises that affect their vulnerable members and communities. We are outraged and concerned about the criminalization of their movements and the ongoing violence against them which is the responsibility of the Honduran State. 
We are profoundly concerned with the continuing attacks on, and obstruction of the work of human rights defenders and journalists, without whom the population is totally defenseless against impunity and corruption. 
We support the demands of the Honduran people and we demand that the US government stop supporting militarization and impunity in Honduras now: 
1. That President Obama and the US Congress immediately stop military and police training, and military aid to Honduras!
2. That the US Congress not pass or fund the Alliance for Prosperity or other taxpayer-funded schemes that further militarize governments and increase human rights violations. 
3. That the US Embassy stop lending verbal and material support to the illegitimate government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez and instead demand of his administration an end to impunity and criminalization of human rights defenders and social movement leaders.   
4. We continue to demand an investigation for all of the assassinations committed in Honduras since the military coup of 2009, and punishment for the both the intellectual and material authors of those crimes.
July 30, 2015
Honduras Solidarity Network USA/Canada



La declaración que sigue fue presentada a funcionarios en la embajada norteamericana en Tegucigalpa el dia 31 de Julio por una delegación de la HSN dirigida por Alliance for Global Justice. El proposito era de expresar bien nuestra posición en solidaridad con el pueblo de Honduras y nuestra inconformidad con la política de los EEUU en Honduras. 

Declaración de la Red Norteamericana de Solidaridad con Honduras

El Pueblo hondureño exige un alto a la corrupción, a la impunidad, y a la militarización

30 de Julio, 2015

Como miembros de la Red de Solidaridad norteamericana con Honduras (HSN por sus siglas en inglés), nosotros declaramos nuestra solidaridad con los muchos miles de hondureños que han estado protestando por varios meses con vigilias, marchas con antorchas, y con una huelga de hambre indefinida. Apoyamos las exigencias de la renuncia del Presidente Juan Orlando Hernández por parte del pueblo; y la creación de una Comisión Internacional Independiente que investigue la corrupción gubernamental después del masivo y descarado robo de cientos de millones de dólares de los fondos del Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social (IHSS) que fueron usados para financiar la campaña presidencial del Partido Nacional actualmente en el poder; y también una profunda investigación de los casos de más de 3000 personas beneficiarias de este sistema de salud que murieron durante esta crisis. Este es un movimiento del pueblo en el cual los grupos de la oposición política, los movimientos populares y la mayoría de la sociedad hondureña está enfrentando muchos obstáculos para lograr un futuro mejor para su país.

Reconocemos que esta intolerable y descarada corrupción es un ejemplo más de las acciones fuera de la ley, y contra los principios democráticos encabezados por la élite política y económica de Honduras, apoyada por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos que se inició con el golpe militar del 2009, y ha continuado con los subsecuentes gobiernos golpistas. El escándalo más reciente de corrupción se da después de 6 años de ataques permanentes contra los defensores de los derechos humanos, contra los indígenas y trabajadores del campo, y contra todo el movimiento politico y social de oposición. Todo esto surge como parte del intento de consolidarse como un poder ilegítimo quebrantando la actual Constitución para lograr la reelección.  Este proceso se inició con el despido injustificado de varios magistrados independientes de la Corte Suprema de Justicia en el 2012 cuando el actual presidente era el líder del Congreso Nacional, y la subsecuente decisión, después que Hernández por medio de un fraude electoral se convirtiera en el presidente de Honduras en el 2014. La actual corte suprema de justicia  actuando fuera de la ley, invalidó y declaró nula la cláusula de la anti-reelección de la constitución hondureña.

Con mucha firmeza condenamos el hecho de que el apoyo al régimen de Honduras por parte del gobierno de los Estados Unidos continúa. Es más, mientras la corrupción devastaba el sistema público de salud, lo que creó las condiciones por las que muchos miles de personas murieron; mientras el pueblo hondureño y una diversidad política de oposición unían sus voces exigiendo la renuncia del Presidente Juan Orlando Hernández, el embajador de Estados Unidos anunció: “Nuestra relación con el gobierno de Honduras nunca ha estado mejor”

Estamos profundamente preocupados por las declaraciones/acciones por parte del gobierno de los Estados Unidos acerca de la impunidad y la corrupción, como el caso de la ruptura del tratado entre Transparencia Internacional, la Asociación por una Sociedad más justa, y el gobierno de Honduras, están dirigidos a encubrir los crímenes del régimen hondureño con investigaciones de fachada y el posible juzgamiento de unos pocos oficiales para ganar apoyo en los Estados Unidos para el programa denominado “Alianza para la Prosperidad” – El paquete de un billón de dólares propuesto para apoyar los Países del Triángulo Norte como parte del Plan presentado por el  vicepresidente Biden ante el Congreso de los Estados Unidos. El incremento del movimiento de protesta contra la corrupción es una muestra de que la existencia del presente acuerdo ha fallado.

Repudiamos la agenda común que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos comparte con corporaciones internacionales como el Fondo Monetario Internacional y la oligarquía hondureña representada por Juan Orlando Hernández. Esa agenda obedece a un programa neoliberal agresivo que busca privatizar la educación, la salud y la infraestructura mientras ponen la tierra del país y los recursos naturales en manos de compañías mineras extranjeras, así como los proyectos hidroeléctricos y los proyectos Mega-Turísticos y los poderosos intereses de la agro industria. Esta agenda es respaldada por la economía estadounidense y el poder militar. Para demostrar su apoyo al régimen de Juan Orlando, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos recientemente envió 300 Marines más a Honduras y han realizado maniobras militares usando helicópteros incluso, a pesar de que el escándalo de la corrupción ya había sido revelado.

Estamos en solidaridad también con el llamado de la población indígena, los campesinos, las organizaciones obreras y sindicales, y con otros sectores sociales que buscan soluciones sindicales, agrarias, y a la crisis territorial que afecta a los miembros y comunidades más vulnerables. Estamos muy indignados y preocupados acerca de la criminalización contra sus organizaciones y la continua violencia contra ellos con la responsabilidad directa del Estado Hondureño.

Estamos profundamente preocupados por los contínuos ataques a y la obstrucción del trabajo que realizan los defensores de derechos humanos y los periodistas, sin el trabajo de estos organismos la población estaría totalmente desprotegida contra la impunidad y la corrupción.

Apoyamos las exigencias del pueblo hondureño, y demandamos que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos suspenda la ayuda militar y la impunidad ahora! Exigimos que:

1. Que el Presidente Obama y el Congreso de los Estados Unidos suspendan inmediatamente los entrenamientos militares y policía, así como la ayuda militar a Honduras!

2. Que el Congreso de los Estados Unidos no apruebe el Fondo de la Alianza para la prosperidad u otros planes o proyectos financiados con nuestros impuestos, y que sólo sirven para militarizar más a los gobiernos y el aumento de las violaciones a los derechos humanos.

3. Que la Embajada de los Estados Unidos no siga brindando apoyo verbal y material al gobierno ilegítimo de Juan Orlando Hernández y que en cambio se le exija que ponga término a la impunidad y la criminalización contra los defensores de los derechos humanos y de los líderes del movimiento social.

4. Continuamos exigiendo una investigación exhaustiva de todos los asesinatos cometidos en Honduras desde el golpe de estado del 2009, y exigimos castigo para los autores materiales e intelectuales de estos crímenes.


HSN: Solidarity Actions

Free Political Prisoner Jose “Chabelo” Morales Lopez!

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Chabelo freed pending new trial! 

On July 24, 2015 a panel of judges in court in La Ceiba, Honduras ruled in favor of a motion by the defense team for Chabelo that since his conviction was annulled he should be released from prison and allowed to defend himself in the re-trial in September as a free man. He was released to his defense lawyer and has to sign-in in person at the police headquarters weekly but for the first time in almost 7 years he is home with his family.  

This victory is due to the dedicated defense team and the organized solidarity with Chabelo both inside and outside of Honduras. Now we need to step up support and win his re-trial in September. We still need signatures on the petition.

Sign the Petition

DSC_0080Jose Isabel “Chabelo”Morales Lopez, 38, is a small farmer (campesino), whose family is part of Honduras’ agricultural communities in the Aguán Valley in the heart of the African palm producing region of the northern coast.

He has been in prison for close to 7 years for a crime that he did not commit. His arrest and imprisonment are aimed at punishing and criminalizing the campesino movement in Honduras as well as a productof the well documented corruption and impunity that has Honduras in its grip. This has contributed to its being  one of the poorest countries in the region and one of the most violent in the world. Chabelo is  recognized as unjustly imprisoned by numerous human rights and rural advocacy groups such as, Via Campesina; SOAWatch; FIAN International; the Committee of the Families of the Disappeared Detainees (COFADEH); and the Jesuit institution in Honduras: ERIC‐SJ.

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!No to Militarization!   Sign our petition

IMG_4516We, the undersigned, oppose the continued militarization by the US government of its foreign and domestic policies on behalf of the military and  prison industrial complexes for the benefit of transnational corporations. June 28 marks the sixth anniversary of the US-supported military coup in Honduras, a country that exemplifies the moral bankruptcy of this policy, and serves as a warning for what is happening in our own communities. We demand:

1. End military and police training and aid to Honduras, Central America, and the militarization of US local police forces.
2. Close the infamous School of the Americas (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation).
3. Demilitarize the Drug War at home and abroad and pay reparations to the families of those murdered by a DEA operation in Ahuas, Honduras.
4. Dump the Alliance for Prosperity which will only increase militarization of Central America, and increase human rights violations and pressure on people to migrate.

For more info on US Militarization in Honduras



Honduras Solidarity Network at the US Social Forum

Join us at the San Jose and Philadelphia Social Forums  June 25-June 28, 2015

young boy solidarity sign, NYC

Look for the HSN table at both sites, sign our petitions  and participate in the HSN workshop and in workshops organized by some of our member organizations.natcongress


Honduras: Last Gasp for Neoliberalism? Sponsored by D19 and Honduras Solidarity Network. Saturday June 27,  5pm @ Student Center 217 B

Empire of Prisons: How the United States is Spreading Mass Incarceration around the World. Sponsored by Alliance for Global Justice. Friday June 26, 10:30am @ Temple U., Mitten Hall Room 250. (1913 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 ).

Militarization, Terror and Resistance from the US to Central America. Sponsored by La Voz de los de Abajo. Friday June 26,  8:30am @ Temple U, Student Center 217 B

Resisting the Drug War Across the Americas sponsored by School of the Americas Watch. Saturday June 27,  at 9 am @ Temple U, the Student Center Cinema

San Jose 

Honduras: Last Gasp for Neoliberalism? Sponsored by Honduras Solidarity Network and D19. Thursday, June 25,  1pm @East Carnegie Library, 1102 E Santa Clara St.

US Militarism in Latin America: The Need for Left Unity. Sponsored by Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition (BALASC). Friday June 26,  6pm @ Unitarian Sanctuary, 160 N. 3rd St.

Cuba, Venezuela and U.S. relations. Sponsored by Task Force on the Americas. Saturday, June 27,
8:30am @ 405 S. 10th St.

For more information check out:

US Social Forum Website

Alliance for Global Justice 

SOA Watch



Press Release: President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing: San Francisco Event

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Contact: Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 011-504-9507-3835

Contact: Porfirio Quintano, Honduran activist, Bay Area, California, 415-994-3711

Contact: Karolo Aparicio, EcoViva, Bay Area, California, 510-835-1334

President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing at San Francisco Event

Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, 6 PM

OAKLAND, Calif., June 6, 2015 – Ebel Diaz, Chief of Staff of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, will appear in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. Diaz will be promoting President Hernandez’s anti – democratic vision of “Charter Cities.” These are areas within Honduran territory where Honduran law does not apply, which are instead governed by foreign governments and corporations.

Bay Area residents will turn out to protest this assault on Honduran sovereignty, and the context in which the Charter Cities are being proposed. That is government repression, violence, and impunity, backed by strong US political and financial support.

In 2011, the Honduran Congress approved legislation allowing for the creation of Charter Cities, also known as Model Cities, but two months later, four of the five Supreme Court judges found the law to be unconstitutional. Later that year, in what was termed a “technical coup,” those four judges were forced out by the Honduran Congress and replaced with judges who support the project. While an affront to the rule of law, this came as no surprise in a country still reeling from a 2009 US-supported military coup.

New legislation was passed in 2013 rebranding Charter Cities as “Zones for Employment and Economic Development” (ZEDEs). ZEDEs are investor-friendly enclaves governed by their own judiciaries, laws and security apparatus. They allow corporations to circumvent local business regulations, write their own laws, and create their own private police force. They bypass accountability to the Honduran people, grab land that sustains local people, and enforce arbitrary laws with private security.

The coastal communities whose lands are targeted for ZEDE development, some of them indigenous Garifuna, are already under siege from the repression and violence. Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, and is one of the most dangerous countries for human rights and environmental defenders, lawyers, and journalists. In 2014, 12 environmental activists were murdered. More than 34 journalists have been killed since 2009. Since the impunity rate is over 90%, very few of these violent deaths are investigated, let alone brought to trial.

The coastal communities have also been subject to theft of their lands for tourism, resource extraction, and narcotrafficking. The corporate cities represent another threat to their territories. Yet the communities will be defenseless before the legally autonomous, unaccountable Charter Cities.

The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), a Garifuna group which has for decades opposed land grabbing on the Northern coast, said in a May 28 declaration, “A small group of elite businessmen and politicians are trying to auction off parts of the country to foreign capital in order to create islands of affluence surrounded by a sea of poverty and violence. Honduras’ failed state is directly related to the actions of these thieves who are associated with narcotraffickers and have permitted the collapse of our legal system and corruption of our security forces.”

Charter Cities violate the Honduran constitution and Article 169 of the International Labor Organization, to which the Honduran government is a signatory, by failing to give indigenous communities the right to free, prior and informed consent before development may occur on their land. They violate democratic rights to participation, and national rights to sovereignty. Furthermore, they come into conflict with the basic concept of property – the cornerstone of both human rights and economic growth – even for the most strident free-market libertarian.

The Seasteading Institute, one of the sponsors of the June 8 event, has expressed major interest in developing a Charter City in Honduras, while ignoring the local context and the opposition from communities. OFRANEH says that the “floating city” that Seasteading hopes to construct off the coast would allow the wealthy foreign residents “to evade laws and restrictions of the nation-state, giving way to a micro -state which responds to the economic and political interests of the elite.”

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Contactos: Contacto: Karen Spring, Red de Solidaridad con Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras , 011-504-9507-3835

Contacto: Porfirio Quintano, activista de Honduras, Área de la Bahía, California , +1 415-994-3711

Contacto: Karolo Aparicio, EcoViva, Área de la Bahía, California , +1 510-835-1334

Presidente de Honduras promueve la “Visión Utópica” basada en el acaparamiento violento de tierras en un evento en San Francisco

OAKLAND, California, 07 de junio 2015 – El presidente hondureño Juan Orlando Hernández será representado por el secretario del Consejo de Ministros de Honduras, Ebal Díaz en San Francisco el 8 de junio de 2015. El secretario promoverá su visión anti-democrática de ciudades modelo. Éstas son áreas dentro del territorio hondureño, donde la ley hondureña no se aplica; y son gobernadas por gobiernos y corporaciones extranjeras.

Residentes del Área de la Bahía saldrán a protestar este asalto contra a la soberanía de Honduras, y el contexto en que se están proponiendo las Ciudades Modelo: la represión de parte del gobierno, la violencia y la impunidad, respaldado por un fuerte apoyo político y financiero de los Estados Unidos.

En el 2011, el Congreso Nacional de Honduras aprobó una ley que permitió la creación de Ciudades Modelo, pero dos meses después, cuatro de los cinco jueces de la Corte Suprema declararon la ley inconstitucional. El miso año, en lo que se denominó un “golpe técnico,” los cuatro jueces fueron destituidos por el Congreso hondureño y reemplazados por jueces que apoyaban el proyecto. Ésta afrenta al estado de derecho no fue una sorpresa considerando que el país todavía sufría los efectos de un golpe de estado apoyado por los Estados Unidos 2009.

La nueva legislación fue aprobada en el 2013 refiriendo a las ciudades modelo como como “Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico” (ZEDES). Las ZEDES son zonas favorables a los inversionistas gobernadas por sus propios tribunales, leyes y aparatos de seguridad. Permiten las empresas evitar las regulaciones locales del comercio, crear sus propias leyes, y crear su propia fuerza policial privada. Las ZEDEs evitan la responsabilidad ante el pueblo hondureño, se apoderan de la tierra que sustenta la población local, y crean leyes arbitrarias por medio de sus servicios de seguridad privada.

Las comunidades costeras cuyas tierras están en el blanco para el desarrollo de las ZEDEs, algunas de ellas comunidades Garifuna, ya están bajo la amenaza de represión y violencia. Honduras tiene la tasa de homicidios más alta del mundo, y es uno de los países más peligrosos para los defensores de derechos humanos y del medio ambiente, los abogados y los periodistas. En el 2014, 12 activistas ambientales fueron asesinados. Más de 34 periodistas han sido asesinados desde el 2009. La tasa de la impunidad es más del 90% y muy pocas de estas muertes violentas son investigadas, y mucho menos llevadas a juicio.

Las comunidades costeras también han sido objeto de robo de sus tierras para el turismo, la extracción de recursos, y el narcotráfico. Las ciudades corporativas representan otra amenaza a sus territorios y las comunidades se encontrarían indefensas ante las ciudades modelo que son legalmente autónomas y no rinden cuentas a nadie.

La Organización Fraternal Negra de Hondureña (OFRANEH), un grupo garífuna que desde hace décadas se opone al acaparamiento de tierras en la costa norte, dijo en una declaración el 28 de mayo, ” … la solución que pretende un grupúsculo de políticos y empresarios de rematar zonas del país al capital extranjero, donde se les permitirá una tabula rasa jurídica, es un simple negocio de la elite de poder, que dará lugar a islas de afluencia circundadas por un mar de pobreza y violencia. El fracaso de Honduras está relacionado directamente con la condición de piratas de aquellos que han ejercido el poder y se han asociado con el narcotráfico en las últimas décadas, permitiendo el colapso del sistema jurídico y la putrefacción de las fuerzas de seguridad.”


Las ciudades modelo violan la Constitución de Honduras y el artículo 169 de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo — a la cual el gobierno de Honduras es signatario — al no dar a las comunidades indígenas el derecho al consentimiento libre, previo e informado antes que el desarrollo se pueda realizar en sus tierras. Violan los derechos democráticos a la participación y los derechos nacionales de soberanía. Además, entran en conflicto con el concepto básico de la propiedad – el fundamento de los derechos humanos y del crecimiento económico – incluso para los más estridentes discípulos del comercio libre.

El Instituto Seasteading, uno de los patrocinadores del evento del 08 de junio, ha expresado gran interés en el desarrollo de una Ciudad Modelo en Honduras, ignorando el contexto local y a la oposición de las comunidades. OFRANEH dice que la “ciudad flotante” que Seasteading pretende construir en la costa permitiría a los residentes extranjeros adinerados “lograr eludir las leyes y restricciones por parte del estados-nación, dando lugar a un micro estado que responderá a los intereses económicos y políticos de la elite”.

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HSN Letter of Solidarity with Honduran Student Movement

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8 de abril 2015

Para: Estudiantes Secundari@s y Universitari@s de Honduras,

En nombre de más de 30 organizaciones de Estados Unidos y Canadá, la Red de Solidaridad con Honduras (HSN) extiende sus mas profundas condolencias a los familiares, compañer@s, y amig@s de los cuatro estudiantes – Soad Nicole Ham Bustillo, Darwin Josué Martínez, Elvin Antonio López, y Diana Yareli Montoya – que fueron asesinados el 24 y 25 de marzo 2015 en Tegucigalpa.

Condenamos las matanzas – que fueron a modo de los escuadrones de la muerte – de los cuatro estudiantes de la educación media que habían participados en las protestas estudiantiles en los días previos a sus asesinatos. También estamos indignado y indignadas por la compaña de terror y represión que los estudiantes y los movimientos sociales en el país se enfrentan por organizar protestas en las calles para oponerse a reformas neoliberales a la educación pública. Estas reformas – el cierre de escuelas técnicas y enseñanza, la extensión el horario de clases y la eliminación de las clases nocturnas, entre otros – están siendo implementadas por el gobierno hondureño con el financiamiento directo y con el apoyo del Banco Inter-Americano de Desarrollo (BID), el Banco Mundial, el Fondo Monetario Internacional (IMF), y la Agencia del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID).

Como una red que se opone al imperialismo estadounidense y canadiense en Honduras, expresamos nuestra indignación frente el apoyo incondicional de los gobiernos norteamericanos al gobierno hondureño y a las fuerzas del estado que cometen violaciones de los derechos humanos con total impunidad, en particular denunciamos la agresión contra los niñ@s y los jóvenes. Condenamos la participación de John Kelly, el comandante del Comando Sur y Erin Logan, un alto representante de la Casa Blanca en el “Conferencia de Centro América sobre Seguridad Transnacional” en Tegucigalpa el 25 de marzo – evento que se realizó el mismo día que surgieron las noticias que se habían asesinado cuatro estudiantes. Sabemos que la participación de los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Canadá en la “seguridad” en Honduras y Centroamérica no produce calles más seguras o reduce los altos niveles de violencia en el país. En realidad los EE.UU. y Canadá financian y entrenan fuerzas de seguridad hondureñas para reprimir estudiantes que protestan, comunidades indígenas y Afro-indígena protegen sus recursos naturales y territorios, mujeres, la comunidad LGBT, y campesinos, entre otros.

Estamos en solidaridad con el movimiento estudiantil hondureño, la Plataforma del Movimiento Social y Popular de Honduras (PMSPH) y el Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP) para exigir justicia de los cuatro estudiantes asesinados, y su lucha por una educación pública, gratis, universal, y accesible en Honduras.


La Red de Solidaridad con Honduras


April 8, 2015

To: Honduran Public High School and University Students in Resistance,

On behalf of over 30 organizations from the United States and Canada, the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) extends its deepest condolences to the family members, peers, and friends of the four students – Soad Nicole Ham Bustillo, Darwin Josué Martínez, Elvin Antonio López, and Diana Yareli Montoya – who were murdered on March 24 and 25, 2015 in Tegucigalpa.

We condemn the death squad-style killings of these four high school students, who had been involved in student protests in the days leading up to their murder. We are also outraged at the repression and terror campaign that the student and social movements face in the country as they organize street protests across the country to oppose neoliberal reforms to public education. These reforms – including closing teaching and technical schools, extending class times, and eliminating night classes, amongst others – are being implemented by the Honduran government with direct financing and support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States government’s Agency for International Development (USAID).

As a network that opposes US imperialism in Honduras, we express our shame in the US government’s unconditional support for the Honduran government and state forces that commit gross human rights violations with complete impunity, against children and youth. We condemn the participation of John Kelly, the Commander of the US Southern Command and Erin Logan, a high-level White House representative in the “Central American Conference on Transnational Security” in Tegucigalpa on March 25 – the same day that news surfaced about the murder of the four high school students. The involvement of the US and Canadian governments in “security” in Honduras and Central America is not producing safer streets or reducing the high levels of violence in the country. Instead the US and Canada trains and funds Honduran security forces to repress protesting students, indigenous and Afro-indigenous populations protecting their natural resources and land, women, the LGBT community, and campesinos, amongst others.

We stand in solidarity with the Honduran student movement, the Plataforma del Movimiento Social y Popular de Honduras (PMSPH), and the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP) in demanding justice for the four murdered students, and their struggle for free, universal, and accessible public education in Honduras.


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Two Upcoming Delegations to Honduras!

 HSN and Member groups’ delegations to Honduras to accompany the resistance movement and human rights defenders. 


 Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity, May 22nd to 31st, 2015 & INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DISAPPEARED, HONDURAS !PRESENTE! 2015 May 23-June 1, 2015,  La Voz de los de Abajo. 

More information below.

Sponsored by Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity
May 22nd to 31st, 2015.
What happens when you take out all the stops of democracy and economic sovereignty and give free rein to militarists and global corporations? Since the 2009 coup, the Honduran government, backed by the U.S. the IMF and other International Financial Institutions, has become a laboratory for ruthless neoliberal experimentation. The government’s Model Cities program is carving off chunks of territory to surrender to foreign corporations. Against the odds, Hondurans are resisting. Join The Cross Border Network for a ten day delegation focusing on their resistance, examining the impact of these policies and investigating who’s behind them. This delegation will be lead by Karen Spring of the Honduras Solidarity  Network. Delegation dates are May 22nd to 31st. Cost is $950 (does not  include international travel). For more information, please contact CBN Coordinator, Melissa Stiehler at (816)308-2687 or

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International Week of the Disappeared in Honduras 2015
May 23-June 1, 2015
Join La Voz de los de Abajo in Honduras for the International Week of the Disappeared (Semana Internacional de los Desaparecidos) May 24 – June 1 2015.  Forced disappearances by death squads and security forces are a global problem that has reappeared  in Honduras since the June 2009 coup that created a human rights crises including a new wave of forced disappearances that rivals the situation in the 1980’s. Our delegation will participate in activities with the Committee of the Disappeared Detainees in Honduras (COFADEH) and other human rights defenders  in commemoration of the disappeared both past and present.  This year’s week to commemorate the disappeared occurs as we see the number of desparecidos and desaparecidas increasing alarmingly in Central America and in Mexico; there is an urgent need to understand what is happening and to build solidarity and resistance together across borders.   The delegation will visit communities and organizations in Honduras in the countryside and cities that are a part of the resistance and social justice movement.  We will participate in activities for the International Week of the Disappeared in the Tegucigalpa area including participating in  traveling the Path of Memory (Ruta de la Memoria) that includes locales that in the 1980’s housed clandestine  cemeteries and  detention and torture centers and a day of presentations, discussion and sharing in  COFADEH’s Hogar en contra el Olvido (House against Forgetting/Oblivion) outside of Tegucigalpa .
Delegation fee: $950 this covers in-country transportation, at least 2 meals a day, hotel and other lodging, spanish/english interpretation and logistics. It does not cover airfare into and out of Honduras.  
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