Integrity. Impact. Independence.

Resolution to promote human rights, free speech and government accountability in Honduras

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WHEREAS: The City of Boston has had and maintains a long and proud history as a City that supports, values and respects its immigrants, regardless of their status of documentation, and refugees escaping war, civil unrest and natural disasters; and

WHEREAS: The City of Boston has also been a proud and vocal supporter of the struggle for human rights in all parts of the world; and

WHEREAS: The Central American nation of honduras has been experiencing an unprecedented level of insecurity and violence, including widespread impunity and erosion of public trust in the authorities and the justice system; and

WHEREAS: In the aftermath of the election there were 192 repressed demonstrations, resulting in over 1,250 arrests, 38 people killed, 393 people injured, 76 victims of torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, 15 journalists assaulted, 24 individuals in preventative detention as political prisoners, and 73 human rights defenders the victims of threats and other actions, and

WHEREAS: The Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 1299 by Rep. Hank Johnson, would prohibit funds from being made available to Honduras for the police and military (including for equipment and training), and direct the Department of the Treasury to vote against multilateral loans to Honduras for its police and military, until the Department of State certifies that the government of Honduras has taken certain steps to promotes accountability, dignity, freedom of speech and human rights, and;

WHEREAS: The aforementioned Act uses economic pressure to ensure the government of Honduras has:

1. prosecuted members of the military and police for human rights violations and ensured that such violations have ceased;

2. established the rule of law and guaranteed a judicial system capable of bringing to justice members of the police and military who have committed human rights abuses;

3. established that it protects the rights of trade unionists, journalists, human rights defenders, government critics, and civil society activists to operate without interference;

4. withdrawn the military from domestic policing; and

5. brought to trial and obtained verdicts against those who ordered and carried out the attack on Felix Molina and the killings of Berta Cáceres, Joel Palacios Lino, Elvis Armando Garcia, and over 100 small-farmer activists in the Aguan Valley; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED: The Boston City Council urges the U.S. Congress to pass H.R. 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the City Clerk is hereby requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch, and Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren on behalf of the City Council.

Filed in City Council: May 2nd, 2018

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