Brutal violence against campesino leaders is on the rise in the the Aguán Valley of northern Honduras.
According to campesino leaders, agroindustrialists are employing criminal organizations to wage violence against them because they fear the pending investigations of the Tripartite Commission, a keystone of the agreement signed by President Castro with several campesino cooperatives in February 2022.
There were two assassination attempts, both on January 27, 2024:
Franklin Izaguirre, president of the Camarones Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, was driving home at 11:30am, when he was surprised by two heavily armed men who approached him on a motorcycle and shot him repeatedly. Injured in the neck, hand and right side, he miraculously survived the attack.
Leaders of the Las Brisas Cooperative were ambushed by four armed men wearing hoods who shot out the rear window of their car and stole their mobile phones and approximately $13,000 that was intended for payroll for the 200 families of the cooperative.
We are reminding authorities in Honduras of their mandate by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to offer protection measures to land defenders in the Aguán Valley. Violence is expected to continue if not escalate while preparations are being made for the installation of the Tripartite Commission