Short-Term Accompaniment in Honduras

If you have been looking for a chance to support the people of Honduras through accompaniment, but are unable to go for an extended period of time, this is the opportunity for you! The following alert was originally distributed by the Friendship Office of the Americas.

“The daily bloodshed of human beings is perpetrated by executioners without faces, without names, who operate with absolute impunity…” 6th Report on Human Rights, COFADEH

Dear Friends,

Your presence is urgently needed in Honduras. Over a year after the coup in Honduras, heavy repression continues to destroy lives, families and trample human rights. Levels of impunity, militarization and para-militarization create what partners describe as a state of war against the people.

This week, despite testimony and calls from Honduran human rights organizations, many of you, and 30 members of Congress to suspend U.S. police and military aid to Honduras — U.S. State Department officials traveled to Honduras, announcing plans to intensify the militarization of Honduras through the Merida Initiative.

Your presence is needed in Honduras to bear witness to the human rights crisis, the efforts of the non-violent resistance movement to transform their society and the deadly impact of U.S. policy.

In defiance of a ruthless campaign of state terror, the broad based, non-violent resistance movement continues to grow; sustaining pressure on a government considered to be illegitimate and charting a course towards a Constituent Assembly as a way to address profound structural inequalities and re-found the country. Ten journalists have been killed this year for attempting to tell this story.

As the United States intensifies its military machinery in Honduras, help us to intensify our solidarity with those whose lives and bodies bear the brunt of “golpes,” political persecution, militarization and maintain the dream of a society transformed.

Please join our Honduras Human Rights Accompaniment Delegation, Nov. 27- Dec. 4, 2010 – –help us to accompany and to tell this story. For more information and an application, please contact Jenny Atlee,

Thank you for your solidarity,

Jenny and Caitlin