Resources: Articles, Interviews, Videos (June 30, 2017)

Below, links to articles, radio interviews and news-video reports addressing community, environmental, human rights defense work & struggles Rights Action is supporting & involved with in Guatemala & Honduras.

Two main elements of Rights Action’s work

  • We regularly channel funds to indigenous and non-indigenous community groups in Guatemala and Honduras involved in the environmental, community and human rights struggles these reports address;
  • We support education and activism work in the U.S. and Canada focusing on how our governments, companies and investors, and global institutions we control (ex: World Bank) contribute to and benefit from the environmental degradation, repression and human rights violations our partner groups are suffering from and resisting.



Under the Gun: An Investigation Into the Murder of Berta Cáceres

June 15, 2017, by John Gibler


Forthcoming book

Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide: The Violence of Contemporary Predatory Mineral Exploitation (provisional title)

Co-edited by Professor Catherine Nolin and Grahame Russell, “Mining Impunity in the Aftermath of Guatemala’s Genocide” (to be published late 2017, early 2018) addresses the environmental and health harms, human rights violations and repression linked to Canadian (and U.S.) companies INCO-Hudbay Minerals, Goldcorp Inc, Tahoe Resources, KCA-Radius Gold, and the role of governments and investors (private and pension funds) in promoting the relentless expansion of these mining interests, ignoring or denying the systemic harms, violations and repression the mining operations cause, and the endemic conditions of violence, corruption and impunity in Guatemala in which the companies are operating.


Is Canada to Blame for Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala? Canadian mining firms are not held responsible for horrors inflicted on Indigenous communities by foreign subsidiaries. But a Toronto court could change that

June 30, 2017. The Walrus article, by Annie Hylton


Invoice to the global mining industry (from the Mining Impunity & Repression Emergency Fund), for funds paid to family of Carlos Maaz Coc, shot and killed May 27, 2017, in Guatemala by police in service of CGN nickel mining company

June 1, 2017, Rights Action


New book

Chixoy dam, displacement and development: Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala

By Nate Einbinder, with preface by Professor Catherine Nolin and epilogue by Grahame Russell


U.S. government admits responsibility for 2012 D.E.A. Ahuas massacre in Honduras

May 29, 2017, by Nina Lakhani, The Guardian


Freeing the killer; Criminalizing the victims! Hudbay Minerals head of security in Guatemala acquitted on murder and assault charges.  Criminal charges might be filed against the victims, prosecutors and witnesses

May 24, 2017, by Rights Action


Canadian tourism investors criminalizing Garifuna people on their own lands

May 19, 2017, by Karen Spring


“It sounded like Christmas day fireworks going off, … and we knew the Army had killed them all”

May 14, 2017, by Grahame Russell


The Reading of the Names, the Calling Forth of Massacred Loved Ones in Rio Negro

March 13, 2017, by Grahame Russell


Thank-you Berta Caceres: “Wake up humanity, we are out of time”

March 3, 2017, photos-commentary by Grahame Russell


Berta Caceres: Who She Is and What She Lived For

March 3, 2016, by Grahame Russell


New book

The New (Canadian) Imperialism in Honduras: Ideology, News Media, Pedagogy & Pop Culture

by Tyler Shipley


Honduras Narco-trafficker Testifies That Ex-Honduran President Took Bribes

March 7, 2017, InsightCrime


Business-As-Usual With Guatemalan ‘Mafia State’: Drug Charges Against Guatemalan Officials

February 27, 2017, InsightCrime


A commentary about Michael Enright’s CBC commentary: “President Obama’s hypocritical outrage over Russia’s alleged interference in elections”

January 8, 2017, by Grahame Russell


Sandra Cuffe writes about Honduras, the most repressive, corrupt country in the Americas where North American companies do profitable business


Another murder linked to Canadian mining in Guatemala: Laura Leonor Vasquez Pineda

January 16, 2017, Network of Ancient Healers


The impacts of Canadian government & corporate policies internationally

Canadian Foreign Policy Institute radio interviews with: Dawn Paley, Sakura Saunders, Jen Moore, Grahame Russell, Nicolas Barry-Shaw, Manuel Rosenthal


Canada’s “Looting of Honduras”

Nov-Dec 2016, by Asad Ismi


Fidel Castro-A life well lived: Is the United States starting to come in from the cold?

November 26, 2016, by Grahame Russell


The Canadian porn king and the Caribbean paradise: Is a businessman taking advantage of lawlessness to scoop up land?

November 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez


The U.S. and Canada Have Blood on Their Hands in Honduras

October 22, 2016, by Grahame Russell


Angelica Choc (7 Years Fighting Mining Impunity in Guatemala) Suffers Attack in her Home

October 18, 2016, photos James Rodríguez / text Grahame Russell


End U.S. Support for the Thugs of Honduras

September 22, 2016, by Dana Frank


Even the Bones of the Dead Are Not Safe: Stop Aura Minerals’ Honduran Mine Expansion

August 27, 2016, by Emilie Smith


Interview with Gustavo Castro, Survivor of Berta Caceres Assassination

September 2, 2016


1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala Effects Still Being Felt Today

June 27, 2016, by Grahame Russell


Mayan Families’ Quest For Justice Against Canadian Mining Company Hudbay

June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez


How A Guatemalan Murder Trial Could Forever Change Canadian Overseas Mining

June 20, 2016, by Marina Jimenez


Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad

April 2, 2016, by Suzanne Daley


U.S. Should Legalize Mexican and Central American Migrants Now

January 2, 2016, by Grahame Russell


A Legacy Of Shame: Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades Of Violence In Guatemala

December 30, 2015, by Scott Price


Famine and Hunger in Guatemala: The Pathological Interdependence of Feast and Famine in the Global ‘Free Trade’ Order

by Grahame Russell


Profiting From Genocide: Chixoy Dam and the World Bank’s Bloody History in Guatemala

March 8, 2013, by Cyril Mychalejko


Film / TV / Video / Radio




U.S. Is Co-Responsible For Genocides In Guatemala

October 28, 2013, interview with Grahame Russell outside court house where former U.S.-trained and backed general Efrain Rios Montt was on trial for genocide.


Genocide Trial in Guatemala

June 3, 2013, Warwick Fry (Australia) interviews Grahame Russell in Guatemala for trial of former U.S. trained and supported general Efrain Rios Montt, found guilty of war crimes, including genocide.



40 minute film (by Rachel Schmidt) documents Q’eqchi’ peoples’ struggle in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian and Guatemalan courts for murder, shootings and rapes committed by police, soldiers and private security working for Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals/CGN.



Hudbay Mineral’s Hoax (Flin Flon Flim Flam)

51 minute film (by John Dougherty) documents harmful operations of Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala, Peru and Canada, and plans to construct the “Rosemont” copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona.


Choc vs. Hudbay

5 minute film (by James Rodriguez) commemorates Adolfo Ich, affirms the resistance of the Mayan Q’eqchi’ people.


Hudbay Minerals on Trial: Impunity Reigns

4 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) reports how, on April 6, 2017, Mynor Padilla – ex Hudbay Minerals head of security – was found “not guilty” of killing Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing German Chub Choc.


How Can Angelica Choc and German Chub Get Justice?

3 minute report (by Steven Schnoor) documents how the Judge in the Adolfo Ich murder trial, ordered – May 2016 – a “security protection detail” for Mynor Padilla, ex head of security for Hudbay Minerals (and former lieutenant colonel in the Guatemalan Army), on trial for murder and the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub in September 2009.


They Cut Me In Half: Fundraiser for German Chub Choc

5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents life of German Chub, a young Maya-Q’eqchi’ father left paralyzed after being shot by Mynor Padilla, head of security for Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala.  One lung was permanently damaged; the bullet remains lodged next to his spinal column.


Defending Maya-Q’eqchi’ Territory from Global Mining: Fundraiser to rebuild Lote Ocho

5 minute film (by Lazar Konforti) documents how private security forces employed by Hudbay Minerals, along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, destroyed the Maya-Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying personal property and food, and gang-raping 11 women villagers.  Community members are rebuilding homes and community.


Precedent Setting Hudbay Minerals Lawsuits In Canada

October 22, 2013, The Real News interview with Grahame Russell


El Estor Evictions

By Steven Schnoor, this 10 minute film documents illegal, forced evictions of Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in 2007 in Guatemala on behalf of Skye Resources & Hudbay Minerals.


Seeking Justice

November 2012.  CBC TV, part 1, a group of Mayan Q’eqchi people from Guatemala say Hudbay Minerals was behind violent crimes and the destruction of their villages and have come to Canada seeking justice.


A Long Road

November 2012.  CBC TV, part 2, update on group of Mayan Q’eqchi people from Guatemala, in Canada seeking justice. They say Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is responsible for horrific crimes. To get the justice they want, they have a long road ahead.


Testimony of Rosa Elbira: Gang-rapes at Canadian mine in Guatemala

In 2007, private security forces employed by Canadian company Skye Resources (later owned by Hudbay Minerals), along with Guatemalan police and soldiers, violently evicted the Q’eqchi’ community of Lote Ocho, burning 100 homes to the ground, destroying all personal property and food stuffs, and gang-raping 11 women villagers.  Rosa Elvira is one of the women.


No More Evictions! The Struggle For Indigenous Land In Post-War Guatemala

27 minute film by Lazar Konforti.  In Guatemala, an unequal land ownership structure inherited from centuries of colonialism and decades of dictatorship is compounded by a corporate land grab. “No More Evictions” takes us to the Polochic valley where indigenous Q’eqchi’ communities face double threat of agribusiness and mining.


Chixoy Dam: No Reparations, No Justice, No Peace

By Lazar Konforti, this 15 minute film (2013) summarizes how, at the height of the genocides in Guatemala, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank invested close to $1 billion in the Chixoy hydroelectric dam project.  Thirty-two Mayan communities were forcibly displaced; hundreds of Rio Negro villagers were massacred.


Poverty In Pacux

By Rachel Schmidt, this 3 minute report documents how in 2013, over 34 years later, Mayan Achi survivors of the Chixoy Dam / Rio Negro massacres live in endemic poverty, discrimination and trauma in “Pacux”, a former military concentration camp, now cramped refugee community, still fighting for justice and full reparations.


Gold Fever

This award-winning film by Northland Films documents how Canadian mining giant Goldcorp Inc. continues to mine relentlessly in Guatemala, despite 12 years of repression, human rights violations, environmental destruction, and endemic corruption and impunity.  Gold Fever takes the viewer into the homes and communities of courageous Mayan Mam people resisting harms and violations, struggling for justice and a different “development” model.





Rights violations, repression, impunity, corruption and profitable businesses in Honduras

April 4, 2017, Wide Angle interview (26 minutes) with Grahame Russell

The assassination of Berta Caceres; the U.S. and Canadian backed 2009 military coup; U.S. and Canadian business interests with the post-military coup regimes; why so many Hondurans flee to the U.S., year after year.


Lands To Die For: The Garifuna Struggle In Honduras

December 20, 2016, CCTV Americas

35 minute film about violent and corrupt challenges facing the Garifuna people, lead by the OFRANEH organization, in the context of the violence and repression, impunity and corruption that characterize the Honduran military, economic and political elites and their international partners.


Honduras: Blood and the Water

September 2016, AlJazeera Faultlines

25 minute report on assassination of Indigenous, anti-imperialist, feminist, environmental activist Berta Caceres.


Four Men Arrested For Murder Of Berta Caceres
May 4, 2016, TheRealNews interview with Grahame Russell


Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits

November 5, 2016, RadioFree Winnipeg interview with Grahame Russell


Conversation with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about Garífuna people in Honduras

June 9, 2016, by Warwick Fry (Latin Radical)


Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras

8 minute report by Lazar Konforti documents how, on November 13, 2015, Randy Jorgensen, the ‘porn king’, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands.


All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: A Story Of Exploitation and Resistance (2008)

By Steven Schnoor, 10 minute film documents health harms and other violations people have suffered, residing near Goldcorp Inc’s open-pit/ mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine in Honduras’ Siria Valley.


Real Costs of Gold Mining: Goldcorp in Honduras (2008)

In this 9-minute film, villagers from the Siria Valley, Honduras, speak about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s “San Martin” mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine.


Resistencia – The Fight For The Aguan Valley

After the June 28, 2009 coup d’état, Resistencia picks up the story of repression suffered by farmers committed by the most powerful man in Honduras and the military backed regime.






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