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Honduras, 02/13/2021

Óscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas, Attorney General of Honduras

Lica. Karla Cueva, Secretary of State for Human Rights Affairs


February 13, 2021

Dear Attorney General Chinchilla and Secretary Cueva:

We are outraged over the forced eviction of 44 families from the campesino communities “Hombres y mujeres de fe” (Men and Women of Faith) and “Unidos al campo” (United to the field) in Guaimaca municipality in Francisco Morazán Department. On the morning of February 5 police dressed in black came to the campesino (peasant) communities and—without presenting a legal eviction order—began  a forced eviction that ended in the destruction of all the collective work the families had built for more than 12 years. The evicted families were left on the street without a place to stay.

To protect their physical safety, the families obeyed police orders and abandoned their homes.  The only things they could salvage were sheets of zinc (roofing material) and some of the chickens from their subsistence poultry project.  The police officers used excavator machinery to destroy their homes and community buildings. When Luvy Canales, the families’ legal representative, requested to see a legal eviction order, police detained her, which then limited the advocacy she could do for the families. To date (to our knowledge), the families and Lucy Canales have not been given the names of the judge who might have executed the eviction notice and the person who was to formally present it.

 The lands that these families inhabited have been designated as communal (ejido). They are used for subsistence purposes only (growing food, raising animals) by families who do not own their own land. The National Central of Rural Workers (CNTC) has initiated an investigation process into this forced eviction. Individuals who are claiming private ownership of this communal land are presenting as their evidence land titles that date back to 2004. The communal land was settled by the campesino families starting in 2009.  The CNTC intends to file legal proceedings to repair the damages caused to the families’ property, as well as the violation of the rights to housing, to collective property, to defense, as well as to an adequate level of means of subsistence.

We strongly urge that you

  • instruct  INA (Instituto Nacional Agrario) to investigate the legal titles of these disputed lands to establish true ownership/possession and make accommodations for the 44 families.
  • safeguard the life and security of all citizens of Honduras through the execution of a comprehensive and inclusive agrarian policy that protects the most vulnerable


Brian J. Stefan Szittai and Christine Stonebraker-Martinez                   



Blanca Saraí Izaguirre Lozano, National Commissioner for Human Rights of Honduras (CONADEH) ~ via email
Luis Suazo Barahona, Ambassador of Honduras to the US ~ via email and US mail
Joel Hernández, Rapporteur for Honduras, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ~ via email and US mail
Isabel Albaladejo Escribano, Representative to Honduras of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OACNUDH) ~ via email
CESPAD: Centro de Estudio para la Democracia ~ via email
HSN: Honduras Solidarity Network ~ via email
Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective – Honduras Team ~ via email
US Embassy in Honduras: Colleen Hoey, Chargé d’Affaires; Nate Rettenmayer, Political Officer ~ via email
Honduras Desk, US State Dept ~ via email
US Senators Brown & Portman ~ via email
US Representatives Beatty, Fudge, Gibbs, González, Johnson, Jordan, Joyce, Kaptur, Latta, Ryan  ~ via email
urgent alert source: 06 FEB 2021_CESPAD_Honduras