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Death Squads, Then and Now PDF Print E-mail

By Liz Scherffius

October 7th, 2012

 

A climate of fear and repression has taken hold of Honduras in recent years.  After the June 2009 coup-- in which Porfirio Lobo Sosa, a man loyal to the ruling elite and its armed forces cronies, replaced Manuel Zelaya-- violence against Honduran activists has increased sharply.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 19:04
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Washington's Open Door on Terrorists PDF Print E-mail

By Nick Alexandrov
Counterpunch

"This hypocrisy isn’t a new development, of course, and other recent news items provide more evidence of Washington’s true principles.  In August 2011, it emerged that Inocente Orlando Montano, El Salvador’s Vice-Minister of Public Security from 1989-92, had been living comfortably in a Boston suburb for years.  Several months earlier, Spain’s National Court had indicted Montano and nineteen other Salvadoran military officials for their roles in the “Jesuit Massacre,” the 1989 slaughter of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her 14-year-old daughter.  But the U.S. government couldn’t care less about these legal proceedings."

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Nicaragua Withdraws Its Troops From the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tomas   
Thursday, 06 September 2012 16:33
For immediate release
September 6, 2012
Contact: Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch
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President Daniel Ortega Made Decision After Meeting With Human Rights Advocates On September 4, 2012

Managua, Nicaragua - A delegation, organized by the Nicaragua Network and School of the Americas Watch, met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on September 4, 2012 to demand the removal of Nicaraguan troops from the School of the Americas (SOA, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). In this meeting, President Ortega announced Nicaragua's withdraw from the notorious institution.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 20:22
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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.

 
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