Question: Regarding the U.S.-Honduran joint fight against drugs, do you have any reaction to reports that farmers are being repressed by large landowners and there is mistreatment by police.
Answer: We regularly underscore with Honduran authorities the priority we give in our bilateral relations to the protection of human rights and to ending impunity. Specifically, we urge Honduran authorities to take measures to end the violence and impunity in the Bajo Aguan, to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for gross human rights abuses, and to protect human rights defenders, journalists, and vulnerable groups.
U.S. security assistance to Honduras is focused on disaster relief, strengthening and professionalizing the Honduran armed forces, including the promotion of democratic values and strong civilian oversight, and improving human rights conditions.
It is our hope that the Honduran government-brokered sale of approximately 10,000 acres of agricultural land to the Unified Agricultural Workers Movement, approved by the Honduran congress on September 7, will help reduce violence in this region.