Closing arguments were made today (May 9, 2013) in the genocide trial against retired Generals Rios Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez in Guatemala City. The prosecution has asked for a 75 year prison sentence for the two generals. A decision is pending.
On July 14-15, an International Health Tribunal will take place in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala, in the shadow of Goldcorp's "Marlin" mine. People from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico will give testimony as to the health harms and other human rights violations they have suffered due to the operations of Goldcorp mines in their regions.
An Article by Sandra Cuffe and Karen Spring ( human rights activists working with Rights Action) regarding Canadian and Chilean involvement in mining & security reform in Honduras.
The Summits of the Americas began in 1994 as forums to promote free trade. In 2009 the Summit's focus shifted to demands for the inclusion of Cuba in regional political bodies and the end of the U.S. economic embargo, a debate which continued in this month's Sixth Summit in Cartagena.
Protest the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) giving Honduran regime leader Pepe Lobo a "leadership award"
"The world's deadliest prison fire in a century"
"Most inmates at charred Honduras prison had not been charged"
Establishment of a Truth Commission in Brazil to investigate disappearances, killing and other repression during the "cold war" repression of the 1960s, 70s, 80s ... after a US-backed military coup!
The US is advancing a regional security strategy which apparently is oriented toward the militarization of Central America and the participation of private security contractors in policing, a strategy also being promoted for Central America by the IDB (Inter American Development Bank) and former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.