On March 5, people tried to kill Maria Santos, seriously attacking her, her 12-year old son Paulo, and her husband Roque, with machetes. Maria is a vocal leader in the struggle in Rio Blanco and member of the Indigenous Council. Maria has received numerous death threats because of her vocal opposition to the Agua Zarca Dam.
The organizations signing below express our outrage for the injustice committed against Jose Isabel "Chabelo" Morales Lopez and the entire campesino movement with the verdict emitted against him by the Honduran court on February 7, 2014.
We encourage all Canadians to send this statement to your own M.P., ask them for their position on this "Free Trade" Agreement ("C-20: Canada-Honduras Economic Growth And Prosperity Act"), and let them know you will hold them to account for their position.
As precedent-setting lawsuits continue in Canada, against Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Hudbay's former subsidiary in Guatemala, Gautemalan Nickel Company), Hudbay/CGN's former security chief, Mynor Padilla, faces murder and shooting-wounding charges in April in Guatemala.
Commentary and Article from Politico Magazine
Honduran authorities have failed to investigate properly a wave of killings and other abuses believed to be tied to land disputes in the Bajo Aguán region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
San Francisco Chronicle article: Military Coup 'Continuism' In Honduras
Rights Action (Canada) has signed on to this Statement, so we encourage Canadian organizations to do the same and please, share widely to other organizations.
Canadian investors and political supporters - including Randy Jorgensen, known in Canada and Honduras as the 'Porn King', and Senator Gerry St. Germain - are playing a harmful role in illegally (and sometimes violently) pushing Garifuna people off their Caribbean coast lands to make way for time-share condos and homes, cruise ship docks, and enclave tourism hotels.
Commentary from the Council of Canadians concerning Bill C-20, the "Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act." The passing of this "free trade" agreement will make worse Honduras' situation of endemic exploitation, repression, corruption and impunity.