US Deputy National Security Adviser Negotiating Release of $50 million in Aid to Honduras

Denis McDonough US Deputy National Security Adviser told Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Wednesday about the fight against violent crime “cannot be conducted at the expense of human rights.”

Honduras Chancellor Arturo Corrales US Sub-Secretary  Denis Mcdonough

US Sub-Secretary Denis Mcdonough in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The United States is withholding $50 million due to concerns by some members of Congress about ongoing human rights issues, military and police corruption, assassinations of journalists and lawyers and a dysfunctional criminal justice system. The withheld amount equals about half of all U.S. aid to Honduras.

The U.S. did resume sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras last week after a four-month stand-down prompted by repeated shoot-downs of civilian aircraft suspected of drug trafficking.

After the meetings in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, adviser Denis McDonough said he discussed ongoing collaboration with Lobo and called for “tangible progress” in protecting human rights.

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