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U.S. Military Aid Fuels a Human Rights Crisis in Honduras
As a human rights crisis rages in Honduras, Witness for Peace answers the call.
FACT SHEET: The U.S. and the Coup in Honduras
Searching for more understanding about the role of the United States in Honduras' coup? This timeline has what you're looking for.
VIDEO: U.S. Support for State Repression in Honduras
May 31st, 2011
The Witness for Peace International Team documents continued U.S. support for the post-coup government in Honduras - and its human costs.
FACT SHEET: U.S. Military Aid and the Drug War in Honduras
May 20th, 2011
In Honduras, U.S. counter-narcotic funding is linked to widespread human rights abuse more than to stopping crime.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Mexican Family Tragedy at the Epicenter of U.S. Aid and Military Abuse
May 5th, 2011
Josefina Reyes was assassinated with a gunshot to the head outside her barbeque stand last January. Her crime? Protesting the U.S.-backed war on drugs that has killed almost 35,000 Mexicans since 2006.
FACT SHEET: the Merida Initiative
March 31st, 2011
What's NOT working in the U.S. War on Drugs?
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Complacence in Honduran Human Rights Abuses
October 26th, 2010
Between August and September 2010, Witness for Peace sent two delegations to Honduras in response to reports of continued politically motivated human rights violations. The following report details the delegations’ findings and includes policy recommendations for the United States government and U.S. citizens.
VIDEO: Communities in Resistance
October 18th, 2010
Witness for Peace's Colombia-based International Team reports from the Humanitarian Zones of Uraba.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Reduction in Military Funding to Mexico Doesn’t Go Far Enough
October 4th, 2010
On the heels of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees and the massacre of 71 migrants in Tamaulipas, Witness for Peace’s Mexico-based International Team reports on the economic and military policies influencing immigrants.
POLICY ANALYSIS: Violence and Impunity Force Migration from Honduras
October 1st, 2010
The Organization of American States’ vote on whether or not Honduras should be reinstated in the OAS is imminent. Despite Hilary Clinton’s claims that Honduras has taken the needed steps to address human rights violations since the coup, serious human rights abuses and impunity remain widespread.
POLICY ANALYSIS: a Year After the Coup
June 25th, 2010
The U.S. continues to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Honduras.
POLICY ANALYSIS: New Phase of the Mérida Initiative Brings the Same Violence
May 25th, 2010
The United States has failed to change course in the war on drugs, despite indicators that the Mérida Initiative is doing more harm than good.
WEBINAR: Increased U.S. Military Presence in Colombia
May 17th, 2010
Diego Benitez of Witness for Peace's Colombia-based International Team, walks us through the realities of the new U.S. military bases in Colombia.
VIDEO: Crisis in Honduras
May 3rd, 2010
Hear from Honduran human rights leaders about the ongoing violence during the recent U.S.-supported elections.
INTERVIEW: Face Colombia's Displaced
March 5th, 2010
Daira Quiñones was driven from her home by Colombia's brutal armed conflict.
VIDEO: Martha Giraldo Speaks at the 2009 Vigil to Close the School of the Americas
January 27th, 2010
Martha's father was killed by the Colombian army in 2006. Ever since, she's struggled against impunity and for justice.
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Paola Gutierrez Galindo Discusses NAFTA's Influence on Immigration
November 16th, 2009
Hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico, Galindo holds a degree in Indigenous Law and focuses on the impact of migration on identity and family in Oaxacan indigenous communities. In this article she explains how immigration affects her home community.
PODCAST: Colombian Indigenous Activist on Plan Colombia
October 22nd, 2009
Rafael Coicue from the Association of Indigenous Councils speaks about Plan Colombia and the Colombia Free Trade Agreement during a Witness for Peace speaker tour.
POLICY ANALYSIS: the Honduras Coup Exposed
October 20th, 2009
The Honduran military and police continue to play a key role in propping up the coup regime that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras in June. A broad coalition of human rights leaders, activists, union members, farmers, students, and community members have poured into the streets of Honduras to struggle for their democracy though they face constant intimidation, illegal detention, assault, and even assassination. Learn about the roots of this crisis and the US response to the coup.
DELEGATE TESTIMONY: Rapid-Response Delegation Findings
October 1st, 2009
From September 5-12, 2009, a ten-member Witness for Peace delegation traveled to post-coup Honduras in response to accusations of wide-spread human rights abuses. Read their report here.
SLIDESHOW: Repression and Resistance
July 17th, 2009
Two weeks after the illegal military coup in Honduras, Witness for Peace delegates participated in a rapid-response delegation to expose an alarming wave of human rights violations and show solidarity with Hondurans' struggle for democracy. This demonstration documents their work.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Military Aid to Mexico
May 12th, 2009
Military aid to Mexico is exacerbating violence but doing little to curb drug trafficking.
STATEMENT: Witness for Peace Condemns Coup in Honduras; Expresses Concern for Human Rights
March 30th, 2009
Witness for Peace joins other faith-based and nongovernmental groups in condemning the coup in Honduras and expressing concern for human rights.
DOCUMENTARY: War on Drugs, War on People
March 27th, 2009
Journey to the heart of coca country in Colombia, and hear first hand testimony of the impacts of chemical spraying in this exclusive video produced by the WFP Colombia team.
VIDEO: Merida Initiative 101
March 23rd, 2009
Watch WFP organizer Ben Beachy break down the Merida Initiative in the context of Mexico's escalating violence.
POLICY ANALYSIS: How the Merida Initiative Jeopardizes Human Rights
March 17th, 2009
The Merida Initiative is supposed to combat organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America. But the Initiative's focus on a military aid has human rights advocates worried.
VIDEO: Colombia's Internal Displacement Crisis
February 20th, 2009
A short video explaining how four million people have been driven out of their homes by war - and how the United States is involved.
VIDEO: Colombian Trade Unionists Speak Out at the Gates of the School of the Americas
December 16th, 2008
WFP Executive Director Melinda St. Louis, two Colombian trade unionists, and Dr. Aviva Chomsky speak at the School of the Americas Vigil.
POLICY ANALYSIS: the Latest in the Failed U.S. Drug War in Colombia
September 29th, 2008
A joint report from Witness for Peace and Asociación Minga on Forced Manual Eradication: The Wrong Solution to the Failed U.S. Counter-Narcotics Policy in Colombia
FACT SHEET: U.S. Multinational Corporations in Colombia
June 8th, 2008
Multinational corporations have taken advantage of and participated in Colombia's long and complicated conflict to ease resource extraction.
FACT SHEET: Forced Eradication and Fumigation of Coca Crops
June 7th, 2008
U.S.-funded aerial fumigations and forced manual eradication have had disastrous effects and have been largely unsuccessful.
POLICY ANALYSIS: U.S. Policy in Colombia
January 25th, 2008
A political cartoon by Diego Benitez, a member of Witness for Peace's Colombia-based International Team.