|HR 5474 - Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act|
Thanks to the efforts of thousands of solidarity activists over the last few years, H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 15, 2016! The bill would "suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice." The bill seeks accountablity not only for the assassination of Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, but for all of the victims of the post-2009 Honduras coup regime. Modeled after bills that cut off funding to Central American militaries and Contras in the 1980s, this bill is an important victory, but we must keep on pushing!
We ask that you click here to email your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 5474. After you have done so, you can also call your Representative's office to repeat the demand. A short sample call script is below.
- Call-in information and script: If you do not know your Representative's direct office number, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to your Representative's office directly. If you don't know who your Representative is, that is not a problem - you can give your zip code to the operator and they will connect you.
- Sample script:
"Hi, my name is [[First_Name]] and I am a constituent. I live in _____. I would like to speak with the foreign policy aide that handles Latin America for Representative _____ to discuss a new bill, H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights In Honduras Act.
(Wait for the aide, or if they are not available, write down their name and leave a message for them)
If aide is available to speak: I am calling to ask that Representative _____ co-sponsor H.R. 5474, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights In Honduras Act. The bill would "suspend United States security assistance with Honduras until such time as human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice." Have you and Representative ______ seen the bill? Will they cosponsor?
The government has squandered our tax dollars to arm and train a government that has been credibly linked to countless human rights violations and death squad activity. This needs to stop today. I will follow up with you to make sure that Representative ______ is aware of the bill and makes the correct decision to co-sponsor H.R. 5474.
Leaving a message: Same as above script without the questions at end of first paragraph.
H.R. 5474 is the result of years of hard work and support. We
will continue to update you on the progress of the bill, which is marks a new chapter in this long and ongoing struggle. But
make no mistake, this is a victory for you, a victory for all of us
that fight for a just and respectful relationship with Honduras and the rest of the world!
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