· (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”
From February to April 2013, the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights of the Canadian House of Commons heard from various witnesses regarding the human rights situation in Honduras. The hearings were scheduled as a result of the severely deteriorated human rights situation in the country but also in anticipation of future hearings related to the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
At 9:30pm, Saturday May 11, three heavily armed men assassinated Jose Omar Perez Menjivar, the 37 year-old president of the Los Laureles community business, in the Concepcion settlement, that belongs to the Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan (MUCA), as he was returning from his mother-in-law's house, in the company of his wife, in the Laureles neighborhood of Tocoa, Colon .
THE “GIFT” OF THE HONDURAN MILITARY COUP THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: Honduras’ exceedingly high levels of violence and State repression, corruption and impunity are rooted in the June 2009 military coup that has been legitimized and supported by the U.S. and Canada. There are no signs that this repression, violence, corruption and impunity will decrease, even as a majority of Hondurans courageously support the LIBRE political party that will participate in the September 2013 presidential elections … in a hope of putting an end to their nightmare.
- DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA , July 6-14, 2013
- DELEGATION TO HONDURAS , July 13-21, 2013
Mining exploration and exploitation in the Siria Valley (municipalities of San Ignacio, Cedros and El Porvenir), began in 1995 and intensified after Hurricane Mitch (1998). The General Mining Law was approved on November 30, 1998, one month after Hurricane Mitch. It was published in the official “la Gaceta” on February 6, 1999 and came into force in 2000.
New book by Tanya M. Kerssen. Following the military coup that overthrew the Honduran government headed by president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, a massive anti-coup resistance movement emerged, embodied by the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). An important pillar of this broad-based movement for democratization is the peasant movement of the Aguán Valley, profiled in the new book Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras, published by Food First Books/Institute for Food and Development Policy (February 2013).
Listen to today's 27-minute CBC radio debate (on "The Current" programme) concerning Canadian support for the establishment of privatized "charter cities" in northern Honduras, along the Caribbean coast. The debate includes Grahame Russell and Karen Spring of Rights Action.
No sooner was the blatantly colonial charter city project in Honduras declared unconstitutional by the Honduran Supreme Court last year than it found itself back on the agenda. The gist of the project is the creation of free-market enclaves on Honduran territory that are unaccountable to national laws and are instead governed by foreign corporate interests.
- Article by Jennifer Moore: CANADA'S PROMOTION OF MINING INDUSTRY [IN HONDURAS] BELIES CLAIMS OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- Commentary by Grahame Russell: "HONDURAS: A VIOLENCE, REPRESSION AND IMPUNITY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD"