4/5: No Aid to Honduran Death Squads!

4/5: No Aid to Honduran Death Squads!


Tell President Obama and Congress to end all U.S. aid to the Honduran National Police, as required by U.S. law.

The State Department assured Congress that millions of U.S. tax dollars given to the Honduran National Police only go to units that don't operate under the direct supervision of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla, who has been accused of responsibility for extrajudicial killings for which he has never been investigated. But the Associated Press has found that all Honduran National Police units are under Bonilla's control. Aid to police units under Bonilla's control violate U.S. law.

Urge the Obama Administration and Congress to end all U.S. aid to the Honduran National Police, as required by U.S. law.

On March 17, the AP reported that, in the last three years, upwards of 150 formal complaints have been made to Honduran prosecutors about death-squad type killings in the capital of Tegucigalpa, with at least 50 additional complaints made in San Pedro Sula. "Police have long been accused of operating more like assassins than law enforcement officers in Honduras, but few cases ever have been investigated," according to the AP. "In the past year, police were alleged to have been involved in the deaths of a prominent Honduran radio journalist and the son of a former police chief — but neither killing has been solved." [1]

The AP also noted that a 2002 internal police affairs report accused Honduran National Police chief Juan Carlos Bonilla—then prison police inspector—of three extrajudicial killings and linked him to 11 additional deaths and disappearances that were said to be part of a police policy of "social cleansing." Bonilla was tried on only one of these charges.

Sen. Patrick Leahy told the AP that Congress had made its intentions clear: "No units under General Bonilla's control should receive U.S. assistance without credible information refuting the serious allegations against him." But the AP found that all police units are under the control of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla. [2]

Help us make the State Department comply with the law. Write to your representatives and the Administration now. Urge them to suspend all U.S. aid to the Honduran National Police immediately.

Thank you for all you do to help bring about a more just foreign policy,

Robert Naiman, Chelsea Mozen, Sarah Burns and Megan Iorio
Just Foreign Policy

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1. "Honduras Police Accused Of Death Squad Killings," Alberto Arce, Associated Press, March 17, 2013,
2. "US Aids Honduran Police Despite Death Squad Fears," Associated Press, March 23, 2013,
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