June 27 marks the anniversary of the 1954 CIA coup that toppled Guatemala's only democratic government, resulting in decades of conflict and genocide. What a dismal anniversary. So much death and destruction to lament. And so much ongoing death and destruction linked to the 1954 coup.
El 14 de mayo, nuestra delegación caminó por los campos abiertos del pueblo Maya Mam de San José de la Esperanza donde Diodora cuidaba a sus vacas y ovejas como siempre.
On June 7, 2016, Aura Minerals (Canadian gold mining company), and the Honduran Government, Army and Police exerted serious pressure on the Azacualpa community to force the signing of an “agreement” to dig up the dead from, and then destroy the community’s 200 year old cemetery, so that Aura Minerals can continue its cyanide-leaching, mountain-top removal, gold mining operation.
This is how brutal and intentional the Honduran regime is that, since the 2009 military coup, has been supported militarily, economically and politically by the governments of the US and Canada
Toronto Star 2-part report on “Hudbay Minerals lawsuits” -/- Please share widely
A reflection by Grahame Russell, March 2, 2016; Updated June 15, 2016, a “Global day of action for justice for Berta Caceres”
Initiated by Jen Moore, this petition calls for: Justice for assassinated Honduran Indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres; an Investigation into Canada’s role in Honduras since the 2009 U.S. and Canadian backed military coup in Honduras.
Funds are needed to support Berta’s family as they respond to this political crime/crisis situation and demand justice for the assassination of Berta and wounding of Mexican Gustavo Castro; and to support COPINH’s work for justice in this case, and their long-term work for territorial defense and indigenous rights, and fundamental transformation and change in Honduras.
"After 21 years with Rights Action, I never cease to be moved by the courage, tenderness and tenacity of people across Guatemala and Honduras." Grahame Russell.
Rights Action recommends this 13 minute film, showing just how repressive, oppressive and desperate the situation in Honduras is, ever since the military coup in June 2009... ... and just how brave so many women are.
Over 185 days have passed in which the Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos, SA (DESA), plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges.