The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder on Saturday of a Honduran journalist, identify a motive, and bring those responsible to justice.
Report from Sarah Blaskey, intern with Democracy Now! en Español. www.democracynow.org/es
Since 2004, the open-pit, cyanide leaching mining operation of Goldcorp Inc. in Guatemala (via its subsidiary Montana Exploradora de Guatemala) has caused widespread environmental and health harms, and human rights violations and repression, to Mayan Mam people living in communities in San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipicapa.
Honduras is one of the targets of contemporary Canadian colonialism. The Canada/Honduran Free Trade agreement is all but ironed out. The last wrinkle is the election on November 24th. The environmental assessment for the agreement was simple; anything that might have been controversial was considered a state secret and remained confidential.
Murders of journalists, lawyers, and Indigenous and campesino people involved in land and resource struggles continue in the country, which has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world. People involved with the LIBRE party have also become targets. Rights Action’s [Karen] Spring has been researching pre-electoral political violence and compiled a list of murders and armed attacks on political party-affiliated candidates, campaigners, and activists between May 2012 and October 19, 2013.
Letter from the Klippensteins law firm to the PDH (Human Rights Ombudsperson) in Guatemala
- Los Angeles Times article
- Open Letter, from Canadian groups, condemning the Canada-Honduras FTA
In lead-up to the very contested November 2013 elections in Honduras, the global mining industry – spear-headed by Canadian companies and the Canadian government – is using the new pro-corporate mining law to [illegally] get as many mining concessions as possible, before the elections.
Radio Interview (33 minutes) with Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action
On September 20 Judge Lisseth Knight in La Esperanza, Intibuca ordered that Berta Caceres, one of Honduras’ most respected human right activists, await trial in jail, while Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina were allowed to remain at liberty on the condition they not visit the road block or dam construction site in Rio Blanco.