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Costa Rica: SOA Graduate Arrested for Drug Trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ruiz   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:45


On June 21 of this year, José Pizarro Espinoza was arrested with 237 kilos of cocaine.  In 2007, however, Pizarro had been nothing less than the Director of the Public Security Forces of Costa Rica.

According to online newspaper El Comercio, Pizarro “achieved that role thanks to his extensive training and his police career trajectory, where he gained knowledge that years later would be put into the service of the narco-trafficking cartels of Colombia and Mexico, according to investigations by the authorities.”

Pizarro received military training at the School of the Americas in Panamá, and by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

For Marcela Zamora, of the Costa Rica Friends Peace Center, “the arrest of Captain Pizarro, an SOA graduate, is a cause for concern because in the first place it shows us — as we had been warned —  that the training has contributed to the creation of paramilitary groups like Patrol 1856 and the Patriotic Front for.National Defense. These groups were created with the excuse of defending our borders and thus justifying the establishment of a National Army —  something which had been abolished more than five decades ago.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:49
SOA Watch joins the Peoples’ Human Rights Observatory! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eduardo Garcia   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:43

unnamed (4)As part of a commitment to active solidarity with the people and  social movements of the Americas, SOA Watch joined the Peoples’ Human Rights Observatory this past June. The movement initiated by Father Roy Bourgeois 26 years ago started its participation in this effort during the First International Coordinating Assembly of the Observatory on June 13 and 14 and during the working sessions that extended until June 15 in the city of Oaxaca, in southwest Mexico. Thus, along with the Alliance for Global Justice, SOA Watch became part of the Observatory’s representation in the United States.

For three days, the People’s Defense Committee (CODEP in Spanish), a key member of the Observatory, coordinated the spaces where representatives of the indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of central and southern Mexico joined with social activists from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Palestine and the United States. The cornerstones of the conversation included the promotion of human rights in the Americas, solidarity with those who defend life outside the American continent, particularly in Palestine, the denounce of US imperialist aggression, as well as the defense of the environment and the territory against private and monetary interests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:51
Carta Abierta en apoyo al Proyecto de Ley “Berta Cáceres” para los derechos humanos en Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ruiz   
Friday, 21 July 2017 15:52

Sign here / Firme haciendo clic aquí

Hace 8 años, el golpe de estado militar, realizado por la oligarquía hondureña en complicidad del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, instauró un periodo de represión y terror con el propósito de profundizar en grado extremo el saqueo y la venta del país a empresas privadas y el control del mismo por parte de una pequeña élite. Desde el 2009, mediante el apoyo y financiamiento de los EEUU, se ha implementado una agenda de muerte: privatización, neoliberalización extrema, militarización y represión en contra de los pueblos hondureños.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 16:27
Colombia: In Solidarity With Political Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Ruiz   
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:23

This past June 20 to 25, I had the opportunity to participate in a Human Rights Mission to Colombia organized by Fundación Lazos de Dignidad and the Coordination for Human Rights in the Americas.

Among the activities we carried out was the visit to political prisoners of the Sixth Pavilion in the Chiquinquirá prison, whom today are staging a hunger strike, alongside over 1,500 organized political prisoners in different jails throughout Colombia. They demand the fulfillment of Law 1820, or the Amnesty and Pardon Law. This law will allow them to be free again. However, the judges arbitrarily, by hate and revenge, refuse to apply the law.

The political prisoners are members of the FARC-EP that signed the Peace Accords with the Colombian government, whom last June handed in the the UN their remaining arms. Today, the only arm they wish to hold onto is their word. It is necessary to say that the FARC-EP wants to transform itself into a movement or legal political group, and from there it will continue to fight for a more just Colombia.

At the Chiquinquirá Prison with the FARC-EP political prisoners

We visited the “Mariana Páez” and “Simón Trinidad” Concentration Zones located in Buenavista, of the Mesetas Municipality, in the Meta department located in the Colombian mountains. On one side there are the guerrillas, and on the other, a group of political prisoners that have been brought to this place in compliance with the Peace Accords. Both Concentration Zones are in the process and transition towards a definitive standardization.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 15:57
8 Years after the US-backed Military Coup in Honduras, the Restistance Continues: Inland Empire Special Event with Alfredo Lopez of Honduran Garifuna Organization OFRANEH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 12:10

En español a continuación

Come out for a evening of honoring the Honduras Coup of 2009 hosted by School of the Americas Watch. This June 28 marks the 8 year anniversary of the Honduran military coup, which was facilitated and protected by the U.S. Hillary Clinton was then Secretary of State, and for her role in upholding the coup, she was repeatedly accused of having "killed Berta" last year.

When:     June 28th 2017

Time:      6:30-8:30 pm
Where:   CASA Ontario
200 S Euclid Ave Suite B
Ontario CA 91762

We seek to not only have an event in commemoration of all of the victims of the coup and the resulting Honduran regime, but also to highlight the beautiful resistance that continues in Honduras. COPINH, Berta's organization led by the Lenca people, and OFRANEH, the true defender of the rights of the Garifuna are some of the most inspirational groups not only in Honduras, but throughout the Americas. Alfredo Lopez of OFRANEH will join us to discuss the coup, it's aftermath, and the Garifuna's continued resistance against land theft, forced migration, and other forms of state violence.

We hope to not only contribute to popular eduction, but to explore different ways to take action against US imperialism/militarization in Honduras and connect the struggle there with our struggles against oppression in the US.

We will also have a special performance by local musician Jag- War

Este 28 de junio se conmemora el 8º aniversario del golpe militar hondureño, que fue facilitado y protegido por los EE.UU. Hillary Clinton fue entonces Secretaria de Estado, y por su papel en la defensa del golpe, fue acusada repetidamente de haber "asesinado a Berta Cáceres" durante la campaña presidencial el año pasado. Nuestra gente migra de Centroamerica y Mexico por esta constante violencia estatal e imperialista. YA BASTA!!

Patrocinado por SOA Watch:

Cuando:   28 de junio
Tiempo:    6:30-8:30 pm
Lugar:      CASA Ontario
200 S Euclid Ave Suite B
Ontario CA 91762

Buscamos no sólo tener un evento en conmemoración de todas las víctimas del golpe y el régimen hondureño resultante, sino también resaltar la hermosa resistencia que continúa en Honduras. COPINH, la organización fundada por Berta Cáceres y dirigida por el pueblo Lenca, y OFRANEH, el verdadero defensor de los derechos de los garífunas son algunos de los grupos más inspiradores no sólo en Honduras, sino en toda América. Alfredo López de OFRANEH estará con nosotros para discutir el golpe de estado, sus consecuencias y la continua resistencia de los garífunas contra el robo de tierras, la migración forzada y otras formas de violencia estatal.

Esperamos no solo contribuir a la educación popular, sino también explorar diferentes maneras de actuar contra el imperialismo y la militarización en Honduras y conectar la lucha allí con nuestras luchas contra la violencia estatal y opresión en los Estados Unidos.

También tendremos una actuación especial del músico local Jag-War

En Solidaridad,

SOA Watch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:25
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