Tell Congress: No funding for the Guatemalan Army until they clean up their act!
Recent verions of the Foreign Affairs Appropriations Bill presented by both the US House and Senate have not include the ban on funding to the Guatemalan army which has been in place for three decades. Please, contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them to make sure the ban is in place in the final bill.
The government of Otto Pérez Molina claims that U.S. aid to the Guatemalan military is necessary to combat the narco-trafficking and violent crime wracking the country, but the truth is that the military is being used to intimidate and silence the Guatemalan people. Army bases are being opened not in regions where drugs are trafficked, but where indigenous communities dare to stand up to large corporations taking over their land. In addition, the Guatemalan military funds organizations such as the Association of Military Veterans (AVEMILGUA) which threaten and intimidate human rights defenders and those trying to push forward cases of grave human rights violations, such as genocide, in the Guatemalan justice system.
There are alternatives to military solutions to fight crime and violence! Instead of further funding to the military, the U.S. should support efforts to strengthen institutions such as the police and the courts, and to arrest and prosecute members of clandestine criminal networks.
Tell Congress: Don't lift the military ban!