Senator Leahy's Letter to Secretary Tillerson on Human Rights Abuses in Honduras

Dear  Secretary Tillerson:

We are writing in response to Mr. Joseph Mcmanus ' s May 24, 2017 reply to our letter of April 5, 2017. 

In his letter, Mr. Mcmanus describes actions by the Government of Honduras and  MACCIH  to address the widespread corruption and violence in that country.  However, Mr. Mcmanus ' s letter did  not respond  to several of our recommendations , including:

  • Establish  effective  criteria for measuring  compliance  with such human rights conditions, with the input of representatives of Honduran human rights and other civil society organizations that have been targeted and in consultation with the relevant U.S. congressional committees.
  • Provide transparency and public access to comprehensive information regarding U.S. bilateral  and multilateral  assistance  for Honduras.
  • Work with the Department of the Treasury to oppose investments by international financial institutions in Honduran industries credibly implicated in human rights violations.
  • Urge the Honduran government to ... ensure the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous  communities  affected  by extractive projects.
  • Express strong support for the legitimate and important role of civil society organizations  in Honduras.

The situation in Honduras remains grave. There is credible evidence that some Honduran officials do not support serious efforts to combat corruption and organized crime, social activists continue to be the target of threats and attacks, and the government's enagement with civil society has not materially improved.

We would appreciate knowing if, and when, the Administration intends to respond to our recommendations.

Thank you for your consideration.


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