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U.S. & Canada Delegation to Honduras Launches Campaign to Indict the United States and Canada as Co-Conspirators in the Narco-Trafficking Trial of Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH)

Members of a ten-day US/Canada delegation hosted by the Cross Border Network of Kansas City and the  Honduras Solidarity Network of North America have investigated how their two nations prioritize  protecting the political, economic, and military interests of their governments and corporations over the  rights and interests of the Honduran people. The delegation visited communities affected by mining and  land grabbing, met with labor movement activists, and spoke with US, Canadian and Honduran officials  and found that the continuing poverty, inequality, and dispossession of the Honduran people result from the crimes of the narco-dictatorship that ruled Honduras since the U.S. and Canadian-supported coup in June 2009.

Since then both the U.S. and Canada have covered up and lied about their “democratic” ally Juan Orlando Hernandez who they knew was trafficking drugs for years. Since the restoration of democracy with the election of Xiomara Castro as Honduras’s first woman president, both countries continue to interfere in the attempts of the Castro government to undo the  damage done by the narco-dictatorship or to pass reforms that help to ameliorate the spirit-killing poverty of the majority of the population. Instead, they exacerbate problems. The delegation found that extractive  industries like mining in Guapinol, the loss of sovereignty as in the CAFTA-imposed ISDS tribunal on the $10.7 billion ZEDE Próspera suit against Honduras, the dispossession of campesinos in the Aguan Valley and Garifuna communities along the north coast, and Canada’s praise for textile company Gildan which has closed a factory, violating injured workers’ rights all benefit multinational corporations while failing to solve the deep issues of inequality in Honduras. These companies benefitted economically from the coup  and continued doing business to their own profit and benefit under the narco-state. The U.S. is now seizing the opportunity of the trial of Juan Orlando Hernández and his cronies, including  the former head of the national police and a family member of Hernandez to whitewash their own  complicity in the narco-dictatorship from 2009 to 2022.

It is obvious that those being tried could never  have committed the dreadful crimes they are accused of without being enabled by the U.S. and Canada in exchange for favorable treatment for the U.S. military, its drug war and for North American corporations. For all these reasons, the Honduras Solidarity Network and its members are launching a campaign and will  present evidence of the complicity of the two nations during the trial. The campaign will take place before, during and after JOH’s trial in New York that begins on February 5. The campaign demands: 1. The declassification of documents pertaining to U.S. and Canadian involvement in the 2009  Honduran coup and subsequent administrations of Porfirio Lobo and Juan Orlando Hernández  (JOH). This includes detailed information about DEA operations in Honduras and the full extent of  U.S. and Canadian support, training and funding for the Honduran military and police forces. 2. Congressional and Parliamentary investigations or inquiries of U.S. and Canadian support for the  2009 coup and post-coup governments including human rights violations committed by Honduran  state forces and whether U.S. and Canadian officials acted negligently and/or lied to cover-up  electoral fraud, violence, and other abuses during and following the coup. 3. Reparations for the Indigenous victims of the DEA-led Ahuas massacre in consultation with the victims and their representatives. 4. An immediate end to U.S. opposition to progressive reforms that address the root causes of  migrations that roll-back the post-coup policies in Honduras. 5. Drop support for ISDS clauses in trade agreements with Honduras that allow U.S. and foreign  companies to sue the Honduran state. This includes claims that arise from odious investments  made by U.S. companies under the JOH dictatorship. Tegucigalpa, MDC, Honduras.