Historic racism and repression against the Indigenous Garifuna people of northern Honduras have worsened since the 2009 military coup. Since 1998, Rights Action has – with your support – proudly supported and worked with OFRANEH, the main Garifuna organization in Honduras.
Criminalization continues against leaders of COPINH and Lenca indigenous communities as they defend their natural resources and way of life
It is all too easy for one's eyes to glaze over at the headlines of yet another murder in Honduras, the country that earned the dubious moniker of the world's murder capital. Forty-nine year-old Tomas Garcia was shot dead on July 15, just one of thousands of victims.
On August 6, the RSPO (www.rspo.org) is holding the 4th international palm oil conference in Honduras. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). One event sponsor is the Dinant Corporation, controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras. Facusse was a major supporter of the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, has been linked to narco-trafficking, and, since June 2009, has been linked to the targeted killing of over 100 campesinos in the northern “Aguan” palm producing region.
GUATEMALA: LA PUYA’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE, PEACE, AND DEFENSE OF THE EARTH, article by Alexandra Pedersen