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Sister Cities would like to send a HUGE thank you to the members of Congress who took the time address the human rights abuses by military police in Honduras. These nineteen congressmen and women drafted and signed the letter to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, addressing the issue of US support for more military police in Honduras- an issue that has directly led to abuse after abuse of human rights in Honduras. The full letter is available here.

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Article 69 of the Salvadoran Constitution establishes that the State will control for the quality of FOOD and ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS that could affect health and wellbeing. The Salvadoran social movement, made up of urban and rural, religious and political, young and old, is now demanding that to this article be added the human right to WATER and FOOD.

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Yesterday, 132 international organizations sent a letter to El Salvador’s legislature expressing support for a proposal to enshrine the human rights to food and water in the country’s Constitution. The groups, which represent 18 countries as well as several regional and international alliances, include immigrant, environmental, labor, religious, family farmer, development, and solidarity organizations.

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By Catie Johnston

 

The past year has been an interesting time for those of us who follow US foreign policy with Latin America. Last summer´s spike in child migrants from countries of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) led to media and political coverage of the area unprecedented since the Central American civil war era in the ‘70s and ‘80s. President Obama directed millions of dollars to these countries and to our border to address the crisis, and then in November announced an executive action to defer deportation for millions of immigrants in the US.  El Salvador is part of the US public conscience – for better or for worse – possibly more than ever in the past two decades, and yet, what do we, the American public, really know about what our government´s new interest in this tiny country really looks like?

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This Monday, the last of the 11 unjustly incarcerated young men were freed. The court of appeals gave a surprise decision late last week, reversing the original sentence of four years in prison and dismissing the case.

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