In January of this year, FAN's Director of Advocacy, Sr. Maria Orlandini was part of a delegation to Honduras, heading down to show support for the Honduran people in their struggles with their government. We invite you to read Sr. Maria's blog post about her trip.
The Honduran citizens have regularly appealed to Congress for help, presenting first hand accounts of the disturbing pattern of human rights abuses in their country and calling for an end to U.S. Security Aid, which supports ongoing state-sponsored violence towards Honduran land and human rights defenders.
Advocates in the U.S. can support the Honduran people by continuing to raise awareness of their situation. Educate yourself on the plight of the Honduran people. Read this executive summary of a delegation who was in country in May and this grant proposal for funds to rebuild a public radio tower. Both of these documents contain vital and stark background information on the current situation.
Recently, FAN was one of 31 U.S.-based organizations and 5 private individuals who signed on to a letter addressed and delivered this week to Heide Fulton, Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa. The letter expressed the signers' profound concern over recent threats to human rights defenders and journalists in Honduras, and asked U.S. officials to press the Honduran government to uphold the right to freedom of expression and to endorse the suspension of U.S. security assistance to the Honduran government. You can read the letter in full here.
Please continue to pray for the Honduran people and raise awareness of their situation in your community.