US senators urge Kerry to review Honduras' aid

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 9:33 PM

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — U.S. senators are urging Secretary of State John Kerry to order a review of aid for Honduras' police and military amid allegations of abuse and human rights violations.

The 21 senators want the State Department to provide Congress with a detailed report on whether the Honduran government is protecting freedom of expression, implementing the rule of law and investigating abuses allegedly involving police and soldiers, as required by the U.S.

In a letter sent to Kerry on Monday, the senators say they have, in their words, "serious questions regarding the State Department's certification that these conditions were met for Fiscal Year 2012."

The senators also say they are disappointed with the Honduran government's efforts to address corruption and criminality in the police force, which they call a disappointing failure.

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