Thank-you for your financial support and long-term commitment to the work and struggle we are involved with, particularly in Guatemala and Honduras. The work and struggle are both short and long term, both heartening and disheartening!
Open Letter to Hudbay Minerals and Guatemalan Nickel Company
· (June 12, 2013) New York Post article: “State Department Stymied Probe Into Shooting Of Four Hondurans, Whistleblower Says”
· (August 2012) Rights Action / CEPR Report: “Collateral Damage Of A Drug War: The May 11 Killings In Ahuas And The Impact Of The U.S. War On Drugs In La Moskitia, Honduras”
Over the past three years at minimum 89 members or associates of campesino movements have been killed in the Bajo Aguan Valley in a campaign of targeted killings.
"Shame on the DJSI North America for including Goldcorp Inc. on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI North America). What “rigorous indicators” are you using to consider Goldcorp a leader in the areas of environmental and social performance?" Grahame Russell (co-director Rights Action)
Today is the 3rd anniversary of the military coup in Honduras (effectively supported and legitimized by the governments of Canada and the U.S.), that ousted the democratically elected government of Honduras, and brought back to power the elite oligarchic sectors, supported by the military.
Hudbay did not "create better futures for communities" in Guatemala. Rather, Hudbay left a legacy of damage, injury, death and on-going suffering in Guatemala that have not been addressed or remedied.
From 1975-1985, the World Bank (WB) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) spear-headed this “development” project, investing 100s of millions of dollars into the Guatemalan military regimes of those years. The 1982 Rio Negro massacres (February 12, March 13, May 14, September 18) were planned and carried out by the military regime, forcing local “civil defense patrols” to do most of the brutal killing, so as to forcibly (and obviously illegally) evict the Rio Negro villagers, and some 25 other remote villages up-river from where the Chixoy Dam wall was built.
"The world's deadliest prison fire in a century"
"Most inmates at charred Honduras prison had not been charged"
A New York Times article, by Dana Frank. Since the June 2009 military coup, Rights Action - and many North American organizations and writers - have denounced State repression and increasing violence in Honduras that is controlled by an illegitimate, military backed government. Oftentimes, we have had to directly critique the North American media that has distorted or completely ignored the extreme levels of repression and violence in Honduras.