Call your Representative on Thursday, July 14 and ask him/her to co-sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, HR 5474 Print
Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

This week marks the three year anniversary of the murder of Indigenous leader Tomas Garcia by the Honduran military during a peaceful protest against the Agua Zarca Dam. A community leader and father of seven, Tomas is just one of far too many Hondurans persecuted and murdered by the Honduran security forces for simply standing up for their rights. Berta Caceres herself was arrested by the Honduran military on trumped up charges in an attempt to discredit and silence her. When that didn't work, she was murdered.

Army Major Mariano Diaz - a graduate of the TESON special forces training course created by the US Army Rangers - has been arrested and charged in Berta's murder, raising serious concerns regarding the chain of command. To that end, COPINH and Berta's family insist there must be an international, independent investigation into the higher levels of the Honduran government and Armed Forces to ensure all those who ordered the murder are also prosecuted.

The Honduran security forces have also been linked to numerous murders of small farmers in the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras, and a recent article published in The Guardian reveals that Berta, as well as prominent campesino leaders in the Aguan, "appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military."

After she won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, Berta Caceres met with members of the U.S. Congress and asked them to stop financing and supporting the repressive Honduran government, including the security forces. A few weeks ago, Tomas Gomez, a close colleague of Berta, traveled to Washington to do the same, remarking that Berta had been in Washington a year earlier, informing them of Tomas Garcia and others who had been murdered. Now it was Tomas' turn to inform them of Berta's murder. Gomez mentioned that if the support for the Honduran regime didn't stop, somebody else would have to come next year with news of his murder. And that they would keep coming and denouncing murder after murder of Indigenous and social movement leaders in Honduras until there was nobody left. Just days ago, yet another community leader active opposing a major hydroelectric project in Lenca territory, Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, was murdered in the department of La Paz.

How many more people must be killed before Congress stops financing and training the repressive Honduran security forces?

Call your Representative today and ask him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act.

Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative, then request the foreign policy aide.

Sample script: "My name is _____. I am a constituent from (your town/city) in (your state). I am calling to ask Rep. _____ to co-sponsor H.R. 5474, The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act calling for a suspension of U.S. security aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by the Honduran security forces cease. Has Rep. _______ seen this bill? Can I count on him/her to sign on? Please call me this week at (_your phone number_) to let me know if you have seen the letter, and if Rep. _____ will sign it."

You can also request the aide's e-mail to follow-up in a few days or provide more information.