IFCLA’s militarization advocacy advances awareness of the consistent practice of US intervention in Latin American countries, with a focus on the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. IFCLA strives to educate the St. Louis community on the ways that US financial intervention, military training, and corporate exploitation have led to the intentional overthrow of democratically elected governments, reinforced repression and fueled civil wars which have killed countless civilians in these countries. Through education and action, we seek to build a network of concerned allies who are prepared to engage elected officials and work for policy change in the US to end these devastating interventions.
In Honduras, the impact of US intervention is very clearly evident. The US played an instrumental role in the 2009 military coup coup d'état that resulted in the presidency of Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH). Many Hondurans call this presidency “the dictatorship” in recognition of its political atrocities. This dictatorship is reminiscent of other police states in Central American history: state-sponsored repression, political assassinations, arbitrary arrests, torture, suspension of due process, criminalization of peaceful protest, death threats, intimidation, political corruption and a widespread culture of impunity.
You can take the following actions to advocate for justice in Honduras:
Call Senator Claire McCaskill’s office in Washington DC (202) 224-6154: Insist that the Senator schedule a joint meeting with the Cross Border Network and the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America. Together, we will discuss the human rights situation in Honduras and demonstrate the link to the recent cancellation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the arrival of the caravan at the Mexico-US border, which consists primarily of Honduran nationals fleeing the violence of the country.
Participate in an e-action to free Honduran political prisoners: Click here to send a letter to Honduran authorities in order to free Edwin Espinal Robelo, a Honduran activist who was arrested in the protests following the fraudulent 2017 elections.
Financially support the work of Radio Progreso and the Jesuit Reflection, Investigation & Communication Team (ERIC) by donating to SHARE El Salvador. At the top of the page, you can also read the Executive Summary of the January delegation to Honduras, and the Honduras proposal from Radio Progresso and ERIC. ERIC is one of the few independent, professional media outlets in Honduras promoting a culture of peace, justice, human rights and solidarity. The radio is run by 15 staff members, supported by 36 professional journalists, at a time when journalists have come under attack by the Honduran government. Recently, the radio tower was vandalized by military operatives in an effort to silence the voice of the people and funds are urgently needed for its repair.
The week of May 7th, 2018, IFCLA hosted two speakers to discuss the relevance of the issues facing Honduras and offer firsthand perspectives on the post-election realities. Karen Spring, a organizer who has been on the ground in Honduras since the 2009 coup, traced connections between private prison industries within the US and the introduction of maximum-security prisons in Honduras, which are now being used to incarcerate peaceful protestors of the JOH presidential election. Our second speaker, Honduran Sister Rosa Maria Trochez, identified the increasing privatization of national resources, rising inflation, and drop in education spending that negatively impact the quality of life of individuals in Honduras and contribute to mass migration. Coming soon we will have updates from these events for those who were not present.