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Afro-Descendant & Indigenous: News & Updates
July 26, 2015
unjust detention of Bernardo Ermitaño López Reyes, member of the Council of Mayan People and community leader with high profile in the people’s organized resistance to a hydroelectric dam project in Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango Dept.
July 13, 2015
attack on Alfredo López, correspondent for Radio Progreso and the network of Garífuna community radio stations
July 2, 2015
surveillance of Berenice Celeita, Director of the Research and Social Action Association (NOMADESC) at her home in Bogotá
June 14, 2015
death threats to Omar Esparza, widower of human rights defender Bety Cariño, who was assassinated in 2010 while assisting indigenous communities in Oaxaca State.
RRN Case Update
June 1, 2015
Garífuna community of Barra Vieja on trial for defending ancestral territory
Over the past few decade, RRN members have sent more than a dozen letters to officials in Honduras. They have have denounced an endless series of politically motivated killings and attacks against the Afro-descendant Garífuna people, carried out by wealthy and powerful sectors trying to take over Garífuna lands on the Atlantic coast for agri-business and the global tourist industry. The government of Honduras has been either complicit in the repression, or complicit through its utter lack of political and legal action to hold the powerful accountable for their political crimes.
May 4, 2015
assassination of Embera Chami indigenous leader Fernando Salazar Calvo, active in artisanal miners’ union and resistance to multinational large-scale mining in Caldas Department
May 3, 2015
assassination of Nasa indigenous members Mario German Valencia Vallejo, Belisario Trochez Ordóñez, Cristián David Trochez and disappearance of Berney Trochez and Wilson Trochez, all resisting illegal mining in Cauca
May 1, 2015
unjust detention of Mayan journalist Pedro Celestino Canché Herrera, reporting on protests of local water supply system
April 14, 2015
unjust detention of environmental rights defenders Sotero Adalberto Villatoro, Francisco Juan Pedro and Arturo Pablo Juan of Santa Cruz Barillas municipality in Huehuetenango Department.