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Honduras: A culture of impunity
Is the US state department misleading Congress about possible US funding for Honduran death squads?
Inside Story Americas Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 12:35
A new investigation has further highlighted the culture of impunity that exists within the Honduran police force.
The Associated Press heard testimony that strongly suggests that people are being disappeared by roving groups of armed officers.
“Clearly, the state department is well aware of Honduran law [regarding Bonilla’s control over all police units].”
– Annie Bird, the co-founder Rights Action
There are claims that the US Congress may be funding these units.
Last August, Congress held back $30m in Honduran aid precisely because of concerns over the human rights record of the country’s top police officer, Juan Carlos Bonilla.
No Aid to Honduran Death Squads
The State Department has told Congress that millions of U.S. tax dollars given to the Honduran National Police only go to units that don’t operate under the direct supervision of Director General Juan Carlos Bonilla, who has been accused of responsibility for extrajudicial killings for which he has never been investigated. But the Associated Press has found that all Honduran National Police units are under Bonilla’s control. Aid to police units under Bonilla’s control violate U.S. law.
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