U.S.-Backed State Violence and Repression in Honduras

In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew democratically elected Manuel Zelaya.  Since the coup, human rights conditions in Honduras have deteriorated. Among those most affected by the post-coup violence are human rights advocates, journalists, women and members of the LGBTQ community.

Immediately following the coup, Hondurans began asking WFP to send delegations to Honduras to document the role of the U.S. in the crisis.  We responded, producing a documentary short called Shot in the Back: the Human Impact of the Honduran Coup. Shortly after the coup, Honduras withdrew from ALBA, and attempts have been made to roll back Zelaya’s minimum wage hike, as well as laws proposed to privatize public resources such as rivers for dam projects.  The Honduran business elite, which played a key role in instigating and financially maintaining the coup, is intimately tied to U.S. and transnational corporate interests.

Since this time, neoliberal policies, targeted political repression, and violence have expanded under the government. Human rights defenders, environmental activists, and others have been targeted by state repression and violence, most infamously in the March 2016 assassination of Berta Cáceres. Despite the flagrant human rights violations and widespread impunity, the U.S. continues to support Honduras both diplomatically and through military aid.

Blog: Global Witness Report on Honduras Vindicates Berta Cáceres Act

Guardian Article: American Repression in Honduras

Blog: “The Honduran Government Wants to Incriminate Us”

We Are Not Afraid: Inside the Coup in Honduras

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Report

La Cara de la Impunidad

Las fuerzas de seguridad hondureña acosan y asesinan a manifestantes mientras EEUU sigue sin tomar acción. El 22 de enero, Acción Permanente por la Paz emitió su declaración sobre el ataque contra Martín Fernández y el Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y Justicia...
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The Very Face of Impunity

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Statement on Honduran military and police attack on MADJ/Declaración sobre el ataque del MADJ por el ejército y policía de Honduras

Español abajo. Witness for Peace condemns the threats and violence against Martin Fernández and the Movimiento Amplio that occurred the night of Jan 20. For the past several days, leaders of the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ) have been the victims of...
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At a Barricade in San Pedro Sula

by John Walsh On December 18th, the day after the election authorities of Honduras declared the incumbent president Juan Orlando Hernández the winner of the November 26 vote - a result few people outside of his party accept - Honduran human rights defenders took me...
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Carta abierta al Congreso de EEUU y el Departamento de Estado de EEUU sobre las elecciones presidenciales en Honduras

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Open Letter to the US Congress and State Department in the Wake of the Honduran presidential elections

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Open Letter on Honduran Election Results

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Pajuiles Resiste: Dignity, Water, and Life

In La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras, the hometown of the murdered indigenous, feminist, environmentalist leader Berta Cáceres, a slogan has taken hold in the 18 months since her assassination. “Berta no se murió, se multiplicó.” Berta hasn’t died, she’s multiplied....
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Illegal Evictions and Detentions in Pajuiles, Honduras: The US Embassy’s Inadequate Response

[Note from the Honduras IT: This blog post was written on August 14th. At six o'clock this morning, August 15th, a contingent of National Police and Cobras arrived in Pajuiles, fired tear gas into the homes of community members, and arrested five people, including one...
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The Berta Cáceres Case in Context: The Campaign Against Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, Indigenous Communities, and Activists in Honduras

The assassination of Berta Cáceres has, for good reason, become an emblematic case in the conversation around human rights abuses in Honduras, and the horrifying brutality faced there by indigenous communities, human rights activists, environmentalists, journalists,...
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