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Mennonite Organizations in Honduras

Human Rights Violations - Action Alerts

Quixoti Center, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and Witness for Peace (WFP) have documented serious human rights violations in Honduras (rape, torture, murder) since President Porfirio Lobo Sola took office in January 2010. Check these websites for current information.

Other background resources: President Manuel Zelaya and the June 28, 2009 coup

Note: The following commentaries provide a variety of viewpoints on the 2009 coup and elections in in Honduras. Readers wha want to understand the situation in Honduras are encouraged to explore the rich diversity of opinions reflected in the links below.

The "War on Drugs" in Latin America

U.S.-funded drug enforcement practices in Latin America have been inefficient at best, and typically work to increase the supply of illicit drugs. For example, a 1994 study by the RAND Corporation commissioned by the U.S. Army and U.S. Drug Czar found that providing treatment for cocaine users is ten times more cost effective than interdiction and 23 times more effective than trying to eradicate coca at its source. A more recent study (The National Drug Control Strategy: Effectiveness of Eradication in Colombia, 2002-2003) notes that Colombia's coca cultivation increased by two and a half times between 1992 and 1998, even though more than a third Colombia's coca fields were eradicated at a cost of about $4.7 million per hectare.

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  • Other Latin America Resources
    Organizations that work for peace in Colombia and other Latin American countries.

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    Last Updated: 3/3/10
    Created: March 3, 2010