School of The Americas Watch

SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
SOA Watch Activists Face 6 Months in Prison
Two Opponents of the Controversial Military Training School are Serving 6 Months Prison Sentences. Two more to go on Trial in Columbus, Georgia on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Pre-Trial Press Conference on the Steps of U.S. Courthouse in Columbus, Georgia, 12th Street & 2nd Avenue on January 5, 2011 at 8:30am
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
United in Opposition: the D.C. Community Protests Georgetown’s Appointment of Álvaro Uribe
Professors, students and alumni of Georgetown University met with a diverse group of activists last night, the 31st of August, to plan their protest of the school’s hiring of Alvaro Uribe, the ex-president of Colombia. The university will also award Uribe a “Distinguished Scholar” fellowship.
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
BREAKING NEWS: Former Prisoners of Conscience Take Protest to Military Base in Colombia
The Tolemaida military base is one of seven Colombian bases to which the U.S. military has been granted access for 10 years under the U.S.-Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in October 2009. The agreement has been met with opposition by Colombian and international human rights groups. It caused tensions in the region after a U.S.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, June 14, 2010
Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas
Washington, DC resident Michael Walli was one of four human rights advocates who were arrested during the annual November Vigil to close the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/ WHINSEC). Michael Walli was sentenced on Monday, June 14, 2010 to six months in federal prison.
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, November 20, 2009
Mass Mobilization to Shut Down the School of the Americas
The military coup led by SOA graduates in Honduras has once again exposed the destabilizing and deadly effects that the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) has on Latin America. Torture survivors and human rights activists from across the Americas, including Bertha Oliva, the founder of the Committee of the Family Members of the Disappeared (COFADEH) from Honduras and human rights defenders from Colombia will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia to participate in the mobilization.
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Mass Mobilization to Shut Down the School of the America; November 20-22, 2009, Fort Benning, Georgia
The military coup led by SOA graduates in Honduras has once again exposed the destabilizing and deadly effects that the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) has on Latin America. Torture survivors and human rights activists from across the Americas, including Bertha Oliva, the founder of the Committee of the Family Members of the Disappeared (COFADEH) from Honduras and human rights defenders from Colombia will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia to participate in the mobilization.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, July 09, 2009
US Human Rights Activists Stand Vigil in front of the United States Embassy in Honduras
A delegation of U.S. citizens from School of the Americas Watch will be standing vigil in front of the U.S. embassy in Honduras to call upon their government follow through with actions consistent to their acknowledgment of a coup in Honduras. Earlier this morning, the group had a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens. The U.S. embassy vigil will take place today, Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, July 03, 2009
Pro-Coup Government and Allies Pushing Agenda Forward at Citizens Rights Expense
For us it is clear that the same terror and repression against the people from the 1980’s is occurring today. We, the people of Honduras, are still mobilizing for the return of our constitutional rights and the constitutional right of our President returning to power, despite the powerful efforts to deny both. The militaries manipulation revealed itself again when Grenades exploded in Tegucigalpa, and the Spokesperson for the National Police Force Hector Ivan Mejilla, stated that the explosions were from demonstrators.
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Denounce the Human Rights Abuses in Honduras
The situation in Honduras turned violent when over 10,000 people gathered in the streets to protest the coup Monday evening. Using tear gas, high-powered water and guns (it is still not clear whether soldiers were armed with rubber bullets or otherwise) many people were wounded and there has been one confirmed death in the capital, Tegucigalpa. In the capital, pro-coup marches are occurring, defended by the police and national guard. As of Tuesday morning, the resistance movement to the coup is gathering in Tegucigalpa, to determine how and where to take to the streets. Therefore
Read more

Pages