This report documents 34 violations targeting campesino movements attributed to the Honduran military during the same period of time a minimum of 88 people associated with campesino movements have been killed most in targeted death squad style killings. Abuses typically occur in coordination with the private security forces of palm oil corporations, Honduran National Police agents and other military units. Extensive military assistance and training provided by the U.S. armed forces to Honduran military units operating in this region.
This is and remains a people's struggle in Honduras and also in the USA and Canada, given the terrible role of our governments and certain business and investors interests (mining, sweatshops, tourism, etc)
After the Army massacre, president (and former army general) Otto Pérez Molina said: "We ask the people for a return to peace, or we will impose the peace." Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros said: "[The killing of 8 people] is not something that we should make a big deal about."
A Public Letter to the United Church of Canada. Cathy Gerrior - an indigenous First Nations woman whose mother is a survivor of the forced Canadian Residential School system - expresses her dismay about how the United Church of Canada continues to invest its Pension Fund in the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc, despite widely documented and continuing health and environmental harms and other human rights violations. This is the third article / letter cathy has written since she returned from an educational / solidarity trip with Rights Action to visit mining harmed communities in Guatemala.
Goldcorp donates $5 million to two health programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, even as Goldcorp categorically denies any responsibility or even remedy for deadly and devastating health harms in the Siria Valley, Honduras, suffered by former Goldcorp workers and by villagers living near Goldcorp’s “San Martin” open-pit, mountain-top removal, cyanide bonding gold mine. Today, four years after Goldcorp suspended its mining operation, people continue to suffer devastating health harms.
Since early 2012, the remains of hundreds of Guatemalans have been exhumed (dug up) from mass graves scattered inside the Guatemalan Army's military base in Coban.