Rights Action resources, September 2018
Two main aspects of Rights Action’s work
We send funds to indigenous and non-indigenous community groups in Guatemala and Honduras involved in environment, community and human rights defense struggles;
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.
Central American Punching Bag: The Pathological cycle of U.S. & Canadian policies in Honduras & Guatemala”
(Rights Action April 2018 newsletter)
What’s going on? It is probably linked to the unjust global economy, in the unjust nation state system (Rights Action September 2018 newsletter)
Articles – Honduras
No to Aura Minerals Destruction of Azacualpa Cemetery
Rights Action, September 2, 2018
“We are tired, beaten down, hungry and cold, but we will continue to fight until the end, and if I die, I want to be buried in the cemetery.” (Don Manuelito Rodriguez)
7 months & counting – Edwin Espinal imprisoned in Honduras: Canadian/US governments continue ‘business as usual’ with repressive, corrupt Honduran government
Collingwood Times, August 29, 2018
Honduras post-election killings: Families wait in vain for justice
The Guardian, 17 Aug 2018
Serious irregularities in Berta Caceres assassination trial in Honduras
GHRC report, July 26, 2018
“There are well founded concerns that the Honduran state prosecutor is withholding evidence that could incriminate intellectual authors … . The prosecutor’s office has refused to comply with court orders to hand over the vast majority of the evidence it has gathered in the investigation.”
Edwin Espinal Must Be Released: Canadian/U.S. delegation allowed into La Tolva military prison where political prisoner Edwin Espinal is been illegally jailed by Honduran regime
Rights Action, June 16, 2018
Floresmira Lopez & the dead v. Aura Minerals & the Honduran regime
Rights Action, April 16, 2018
“Holding a club in my hand, I prevented [Aura Minerals] from depositing my father’s remains in another tomb”
Goldcorp’s “Valley of Despair” in Honduras: Another Canadian mining legacy story from around the world. Comprehensive health and environmental reparations needed, now
Contacorriente article, April 2018 (& Rights Action letter)
2nd anniversary of assassination of Berta Caceres: No justice yet: U.S. and Canadian foreign policy killed Berta Caceres and 100s more since the 2009 coup in Honduras
By Grahame Russell, March 6, 2018
89 bodies dug up by Aura Minerals, Canadian company in Honduras, to get at more gold
By Rights Action, February 14, 2018
Electoral fraud, repression and killings in Honduras, but don’t write letters of protest to the regime
Dec.12, 2017, by Grahame Russell
Honduras, Deadliest Country in the World for Environmental Defenders, Is About to Get Deadlier
September 29, 2017, by Heather Gies
Canadian tourism operators use corrupt legal system in Honduras to ‘criminalize’ Miriam Miranda and other Garifuna people
By Georgio Trucchi, Sept., 2017
Canadian Businessman Patrick Forseth (Carivida Villas company) Files Criminal Charges Against Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH) and other Indigenous Garifuna Leaders
6 August 2017, by Dina Meza
U.S. government admits responsibility for 2012 D.E.A. Ahuas massacre in Honduras
May 29, 2017, by Nina Lakhani, The Guardian
Canadian tourism investors criminalizing Garifuna people on their own lands
May 19, 2017, by Karen Spring
Honduras Narco-trafficker Testifies That Ex-Honduran President Took Bribes
March 7, 2017, InsightCrime
Canada’s “Looting of Honduras”
Policy Alternatives, Nov-Dec 2016, by Asad Ismi
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
Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits
November 5, 2016, TeleSUR / RadioFree Winnipeg interview with Grahame Russell
The U.S. and Canada Have Blood on Their Hands in Honduras
October 22, 2016, by Grahame Russell
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, El Diario (Spain)
Articles – Guatemala
Criminal investigation into Judge Ana Leticia Pena Ayala who acquitted Mynor Padilla, Hudbay Mineral’s former head of security, in mining-related murder and assault trial
By Grahame Russell, September 21, 2018
“Questions linger about why the Judge acted as she did, and if acts of collusion occurred, which were by all counts illegal.” (Luis Solano)
False accusations of kidnapping made by Tahoe Resources against Guatemalan villagers
By NISGUA, Public letter
How Guatemala is sliding into chaos in the fight for land and water: The global economy operating normally in Guatemala
By John Vidal, The Guardian, 19 Aug 2018
Hudbay Minerals corporate documents reveal extensive knowledge about and enabling of repression and corruption in Guatemala
By Grahame Russell, July 19, 2018
Faces and places resisting State and corporate violence, corruption and impunity in Guatemala
Photos-text by Grahame Russell (and Catherine Nolin), June 17, 2018
Nephew of plaintiff in Hudbay Minerals lawsuits beaten to death in Guatemala
By Heather Gies, Mongabay.com, April 2018
‘If we’re attacked, we’ll die together’
Los Angeles Times, December 2017
Portrait of Topacio Reynoso, a Guatemalan activist assassinated while denouncing and resisting harms to her community and the environment, and human rights violations and repression by Tahoe Resources
Guatemalan women take on Canada’s mining giants over ‘horrific human rights abuses’
By Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian, 13 December 2017
Strength and peace in the sacred fire: Commemoration of killing of Adolfo Ich
By Grahame Russell, September 27, 2017
Maya Q’eqchi’ Demand Justice For Fisherman Killed During Mining Protest In Guatemala
By Sandra Cuffe, July 11, 2017
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, by Annie Hylton
“It sounded like Christmas day fireworks going off … and we knew the Army had killed them all”: Commemoration of 1982 “Los Encuentros” massacre
May 14, 2017, by Grahame Russell
Reading of the Names, Calling Forth of Massacred Loved Ones in Rio Negro: Commemoration of 1982 “Rio Negro” massacre
March 13, 2017, by Grahame Russell
Business-As-Usual With Guatemalan ‘Mafia State’: Drug Charges Against Guatemalan Officials
February 27, 2017, InsightCrime
Angelica Choc Suffers Attack in her Home
October 18, 2016, photos James Rodríguez / text Grahame Russell
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, New York Times
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
Chixoy dam, displacement and development: Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala
By Nate Einbinder, with preface by Catherine Nolin, epilogue by Grahame Russell
Film / Video / Radio – Guatemala
María Choc released on bail, will face trial, vows to keep fighting
(January 2018, 3 minute film by Lazar Konforti)
Maya-Q’eqchi’ activist María Magdalena Cuc Choc was released on bail, but will face trial on what she says are trumped up charges linked to her indigenous land and territory defense activism.
Hudbay Minerals lawsuits
November 25, 2017, The Drop video
Interviews with Cory Wanless, of Klippensteins lawyers, and Grahame Russell, of Rights Action.
Hudbay Minerals on Trial: Impunity Reigns
This 4 minute film (2017, by Lazar Konforti) reports how, on April 6, 2017, Mynor Padilla –ex Hudbay Minerals head of security– was found “not guilty” by Judge Ana Leticia Pena Ayala of killing Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing German Chub Choc.
Choc vs. Hudbay
5 minute film (2017, by James Rodriguez), interview with Angelica Choc during the annual commemoration of the life, vision and work of her husband, Adolfo Ich, assassinated September 27, 2009, by Mynor Padilla and security guards working for Hudbay Minerals and its subsidiary CGN (Guatemalan Niquel Company).
Mynor Padilla Trial: Racial Discrimination / Caso Mynor Padilla: Discriminacion Racial
4 minute film (2016, by Lazar Konforti) on unsuccessful efforts to have allegedly corrupted Judge Ana Leticia Pena Ayala recused from Mynor Padilla trial. Angelica Choc addresses the court, as Mynor Padilla and his team of lawyers (allegedly paid for by Hudbay Minerals) look on; Includes a song written and sung by Adolfo Ich, Angelica’s husband, killed by Mynor Padilla and his security guards on September 27, 2009, when they worked for Hudbay Minerals/CGN.
Reportaje sobre la discriminación racial del juicio presidido por la jueza Ana Leticia Pena Ayala. Angelica Choc –viuda de Adolfo Ich, y lideresa Q’eqchi’ de El Estor, habla; incluye una canción escrita y cantada por Adolfo Ich.
Hudbay on trial for murder in Guatemala / Hudbay enjuiciada por homicidio en Guatemala (2015)
4 minute report (2015, by Lazar Konforti): Mynor Padilla, Hudbay Minerals’ former chief of security at their mine in Guatemala (which they sold in 2011 to Switzerland company Solway Investment Group), is on trial for murdering community leader Adolfo Ich during an attack by Hudbay’s security personnel against community members in 2009. Angélica Choc, Ich’s widow, fears for her safety as she has to confront her husband’s murderer in court.
Mynor Padilla, antiguo jefe de seguridad de la CGN (Compañia Guatemalteca de Niquel), entonces subsidiaria de la canadiense Hudbay Minerals, está acusado del asesinato de Adolfo Ich Chamán, maestro y líder comunitario, en 2009. Angélica Choc, la viuda de Adolfo, todavía teme por su seguridad.
Hudbay Mineral’s Hoax
51 minute film (2015, 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.
Fraude de Hudbay Minerals (2015)
Documental de 45 minutos (por John Dougherty) sobre las operaciones de HudBay Minerals en Canada, Guatemala, Peru y los Estados Unidos.
How Can Angelica Choc and German Chub Get Justice?
3 minute report (2016, 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 (2014, 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 Q’eqchi’ Territory from Mining: Fundraiser to rebuild Lote Ocho
5 minute film (2014, 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.
An award-winning 40 minute film (by Rachel Schmidt, 2013) documenting Maya Q’eqchi’ peoples’ struggle in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and to seek justice in Canadian and Guatemalan courts for murder, shootings and rapes committed by police, soldiers and private security guards working for Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals and its Guatemalan subsidiary CGN.
Documental de 40 minutos hecho en 2013 sobre la lucha del pueblo Maya Q’eqchi’ en defensa de sus territorios ancestrales, y por la justicia en contra de la CGN (Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel) y Hudbay Minerals, en los tribunales Canadienses y Guatemaltecos, por la represión sufrida, incluyendo las violaciones de 11 mujeres de Lote 8, la muerte de Adolfo Ich y al ataque en contra de German Chub.
Two Struggles For Justice: Sexual Violence Against Mayan Q’eqchi’ Women In Guatemala
By ECAP (Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Accion Psico-Social), documenting two struggles for justice by Mayan Q’eqchi’ women: Sepur Zarco and Lote Ocho.
Ver (español): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4aOOSnJ4qo
View (q’eqchí-inglés): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEoFrsAyvf8
Precedent Setting Hudbay Minerals Lawsuits In Canada
The Real News interview (October 13, 2013) with Grahame Russell
Extreme Clergy – Guat/ Estor/ Mining / Dan Vogt (2007)
El Estor Evictions
By Steven Schnoor, this 10 minute film (2007) documents illegal, forced evictions of Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in Guatemala on behalf of Skye Resources/Hudbay Minerals.
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.
U.S. Is Co-Responsible For Genocides In Guatemala
Interview (October 28, 2013) 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
Warwick Fry interviews Grahame Russell (June 3, 2013) for trial of former U.S. trained and supported general Efrain Rios Montt, found guilty of war crimes, including genocide.
No More Evictions! The Struggle For Indigenous Land In Post-War Guatemala
27 minute film by Lazar Konforti (2014). 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 (2013)
By Rachel Schmidt, this 3 minute report documents how -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 (2013)
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.
View trailer: http://www.goldfevermovie.com/
Film / Video / Radio – Honduras
Story Behind the Story: What Aura Minerals didn’t want us to see in Azacualpa
4 minute film by Maggie Padlewska (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uY6E6zs7Q
The assassination of Berta Caceres: repression, impunity, corruption and profitable businesses in Honduras
Wide Angle interview (April 4, 2017, 26 minutes) with Grahame Russell about 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.
Berta Vive (2016)
On March 2016, the assasination of Berta Cáceres shook the world. Gustavo Castro, Mexican environmental activist witnessed the crime and survived the horror of that night but was then trapped in Honduras. The defense against the construction of a dam at the Gualcarque River is the preface to this story. We follow Miriam Miranda, leader of the Garífuna people as well as a friend and comrade of Berta. Both women share the struggle for decolonization in a country that is being sold to transnational capital and where death is delivered in so many different ways.
Canada Is Not Honduras’ Friend: Coups, Repression and Profits
RadioFree Winnipeg interview (November 5, 2016) with Grahame Russell
Conversation with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about Garífuna people in Honduras
By Warwick Fry, June 9, 2016
Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras
8 minute report by Lazar Konforti (Nov.13, 2015), documents how Randy Jorgensen, the ‘porn king’, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands.
El ‘Rey del Porno’ enjuiciado por usurpación de tierras Garífunas en Honduras
El inversionista Canadiense Randy Jorgensen, alias ‘El Rey del Porno’, compareció ante el Juzgado de Letras en Trujillo, Honduras (Nov. 2015) para contestar a cargos de transacciones ilegales y usurpación de tierras ancestrales Garífuna. La corte adoptó un ‘sobreseimiento provisional’, lo que significa que hay que buscar más pruebas antes de pasar a un juicio pleno, pero las comunidades Garífunas afectadas sospechan corrupción judicial y dicen que van a apelar le decisión. Jorgensen todavía corre el riesgo de perder todas sus inversiones.
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold: A Story Of Exploitation and Resistance
By Steven Schnoor, this 10 minute trailer (2008, of the hour-long documentary, “All That Glitters Isn’t Gold – A Story of Exploitation and Resistance”) 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.
No todo lo que brilla es oro
Hecho por Steven Schnoor (2008). El Valle de Siria en Honduras fue hogar de la mina a cielo abierto más grande del país. La mina de oro y plata, que se llama “San Martin,” es propiedad de la compañia canadiense Goldcorp y ha dejado enormes daños en las comunidades cercanas desde que ella comenzó a operar en el año 2000. Miembros de las comunidades discuten las graves daños que ellos han sufrido desde que ésta comenzó a operar — desde problemas de salud hasta la falta de agua, disputando aserciones de Goldcorp que la mina San Martin ha sido un modelo de desarrollo que no ha causado ningun efecto adverso.
Real Costs of Gold Mining: Goldcorp in Honduras
In this 9-minute film (2008), villagers from the Siria Valley, Honduras, speak about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s “San Martin” mountain-top removal, cyanide-leaching gold mine.