(PICTURED: Lote 8 community, El Estor, Guatemala.  Mayan Q’eqchi’ villagers gather in community they are re-building.  In 2007, private security guards, soldiers and police burned 100 homes to the ground, shot at and beat community members and gang-raped 11 women, as part of an illegal, forced eviction on behalf of Canadian companies Hudbay Minerals (& Skye Resources)

Your Donations At Work, April 9, 2018

Below, a summary of organizations, individuals and projects that Rights Action has funded and worked with, to date, in 2018.  Rights Action receives our funds mainly from individuals (including anonymous donors), a few institutional donors in the U.S. and Canada (including: Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund, Cut Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation), and Donors of Stock.

Honduras

  • Azacualpa Environmental Committee, resisting harms and violations caused by Aura Minerals gold company, including destruction of 200 year-old cemetery: $800
  • Berta Caceres family, demanding justice for her assassination by Honduran regime: $1,545
  • Family security of victim/eye-witness in Berta Caceres assassination case: $3,000
  • Commemoration, March 3, 2016, assassination of Berta Caceres: $1,845
  • Siria Valley Environmental Committee, denouncing inter-generational health harms caused by Goldcorp Inc.’s mine (2000-2009); resisting illegal plan to build geothermal energy plant in same communities and mountains harmed by Goldcorp’s mining: $1,045
  • Honduras Solidarity Network, support for family members of people jailed as political prisoners after stolen fraudulent elections of November 26, 2017: $1,600
  • COFADEH (Comite de Familiares de los Desaparecidos y Detenidos), support for victims of killings and human rights violations, after stolen fraudulent elections of November 26, 2017: $2,545
  • ASOPDEHU (Asociación por la Democracia y los Derechos Humanos), support for victims of killings and human rights violations, after stolen fraudulent elections of November 26, 2017: $2,045

Guatemala

  • Rio Negro village / Pacux refugee community, primary school and scholarships for children of Mayan Achi genocide victims: $6,600
  • San Miguel Ixtahuacan, scholarship, law degree, Mayan Mam woman resisting Goldcorp Inc. mining harms: $800
  • El Estor, scholarships, children of Mayan Q’eqchi’ people seeking justice for mining harms, including by Hudbay Minerals: $6,900
  • Santa Maria Tzeja, Mayan community primary and middle schools, scholarships to high school and university: $7,135

Mining harms ~Versus~ Community Development, Environment & Human Rights

  • “La Puya”, resisting violent, illegal mining of American company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates: $800
  • CALAS (Centro de Acción Legal-Ambiental y Social), legal support for people suffering harms and violence linked to Tahoe Resources: $2,045
  • CODIDENA (Comision Diocesana Defensa de la Naturaleza), resisting harms and violence linked to Tahoe Resources: $800
  • Maya Q’eqchi’ territorial and environmental committee, fisherpeople and campesinos resisting harms and repression by CGN/ProNico nickel mining company (owned formerly by INCO and Hudbay Minerals)
    • Support for Choc and Ich families, after killing of nephew: $2,250
    • Legal team, criminal trial against Mynor Padilla, former Hudbay Minerals head of security: $4,145
    • Investigation, trial against Mynor Padilla, former Hudbay Minerals head of security: $545
    • Mayan Q’eqchi’ women plaintiffs travel to Toronto (November 2017) for depositions: $1,970
    • German Chub, health support, victim of Hudbay Minerals linked shooting: $545

Truth, Memory, Justice

  • Commemoration, February 12, 1982, World Bank/IDB’s Chixoy Dam/Xococ massacre: $1,045
  • Commemoration, March 13, 1982, World Bank/IDB’s Chixoy Dam/Rio Negro massacre: $800
  • Commemoration, May 14, 1982, World Bank/IDB’s Chixoy Dam/Los Encuentros massacre: $1,045

Emergency response and various

  • Maria Cuc, illegally detained and “criminalized” for Chaabil Choch, Mayan Q’eqchi’ land recuperation: $5,650
  • Chaabil Choch, Mayan Q’eqchi’ land recuperation: $1,045

North-South Human Rights Accompaniment, Reporting & Activism

  • Human rights accompaniment, investigations and reporting on November 26, 2017 electoral fraud and repression in Honduras: $3,350
  • Doc-film, health harms, Siria Valley, Honduras, linked to Goldcorp Inc’s mine (2000-2009): $400
  • Doc-film, illegal detention and “criminalization” of Maria Cuc: $400
  • Mining Injustice Solidarity Network: Education and activism related to Canadian mining repression and harms: $1,000

Other countries

  • Tropico Seco (Peru), disaster and flood rebuilding: $5,000

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