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Caravan for Peace Protests in Front of School of the Americas PDF Print E-mail
On Friday, August 31, the Mexico Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity stopped at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to highlight  the connection between SOA/WHINSEC and the thousands murdered during the past 6 years in the so-called “War on Drugs” in Mexico. Family members of the victims and their allies staged a die-in at the entrance to the base, leaving photographs of their loved ones, signs and crosses on the main entrance's sign.


Read an article from Proceso magazine
 
What Happened?: Evaluating the Records of Colombian WHINSEC Graduates PDF Print E-mail

By John Lindsay-Poland, Fellowship of Reconciliation

What Happened?In June 2012, Ambassador John Maisto asked the commander of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), until 2001 known as the School of the Americas, whether any graduates of WHINSEC have been accused of human rights violations. The school’s commander, Col. Glen Huber, said there have been none that they knew of.

There is extensive information available on Colombian military officers and Army human rights violations, thus providing an important test case for
the WHINSEC commander’s claim.  Who were these 29 Colombian military instructors and command students, and what were their human rights records before and after spending a year at WHINSEC?

Read John Lindsay-Poland's brief on Colombian SOA/WHINSEC graduates since 2001.

 
Blood of Martyrs, Seed of Resistance: Letter from Honduras PDF Print E-mail

A letter from Brigitte Gynther, SOA Watch Human Rights Accompanier in Honduras

"Far too many Hondurans have been killed, kidnapped, and beaten since the coup; and yet, human rights defenders, journalists, and community leaders continue to be killed and suffer persecution. Against this background, PROAH provides international accompaniment to human rights defenders at risk, with the aim of dissuading violence and informing the international community of the violations that do occur."

Continue to Brigitte's Letter and an Inivitation to Go to Honduras!
 
Hope: A Message To The Movement PDF Print E-mail
Theresa Cusimano
SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience

Cusimano FamilyLast week I walked out of federal prison, flew home, and was greeted by my smiling parents at the airport gate. Unlike most other prisoners, I didn’t have to take a 14 hour Greyhound bus; or use my bright red, inmate ID card; nor wear my prison clothes en route. My privilege returned to me the moment of my release. Friends picked me up and drove me to the Westin hotel for a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream. Although it was July 11th and there was a heat wave burning through the country, I was still cold from my incarceration.
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SOA Violence Against Protestors in Peru PDF Print E-mail

CongaBy Michael Baney

July 9, 2012

The unfortunate actions in Cajamarca well demonstrate that while Latin America as a whole has greatly changed since the end of the Cold War, human rights and democracy concerns still exist today. Peru has historically been one of the biggest senders of personnel to the School of the Americas, and in recent years the bulk of Peru's SOA students have been members of the National Police. While the American people have a right to know if the police involved in the deadly violence in Cajamarca were trained by SOA/WHINSEC, cross-checking the names of the students with those of the abusers is impossible, as the US Department of Defense refuses to release the names of WHINSEC students, citing "the historical stigma" that has been attached to graduates of the school. Of course, the stigma exists only because so many SOA/WHINSEC graduates have been involved in abuses, which is why SOA Watch will continue to fight get the names of the students released and have the school finally shut down.

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