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Honduras: News & Updates
Honduras did not experience civil war in the 1980s, but its geography (bordering El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua) made it a key location for US military operations: training Salvadoran soldiers, a base for Nicaraguan contras, military exercises for US troops. The notorious Honduran death squad Battalion 316 was created, funded and trained by the US. The state-sponsored terror resulted in the forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of approximately 200 people during the 1980s. Many more were abducted and tortured. The 2009 military coup d’etat spawned a resurgence of state repression against the civilian population that continues today.
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February 26, 2017
Assassination of José de los Santos Sevilla, a school teacher and leader of the indigenous Tolupán people in Montaña de la Flor, Francisco Morazán Department.
February 15, 2017
On March 2nd, 2016 they assassinated our sister Berta Cáceres. They thought they would get rid not just of her as a leader recognized throughout Latin America and around the world, but also would end a struggle, a political project, that they would destroy the organization of which she was both founder and daughter, COPINH (the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras).
February 15, 2017
More than 120 people have died since 2010, according to Global Witness research. The victims were ordinary people who took a stand against dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land –murdered by state forces, security guards or hired assassins.
February 12, 2017
Public relations smear campaign targeting three Honduranorganizations: Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz (MILPAH), the Honduran Center for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC), and the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), all which work to defend land and environmental rights.
January 24, 2017
Military shot in the knee Víctor Vásquez, President of the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz Honduras (MILPAH), while he was providing assistance to a wounded man during a violent eviction of small farmers in Santa María in La Paz Department.
January 22, 2017
National Police arbitrarily detained and harassed four human rights defenders in La Ceiba, Atlántida Dept: Miriam Miranda, coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), and three members of the Platform of Social and Popular Movements of Honduras (PMSPH): Luis Gutierrez, Oscar Gaboa and Luis Miranda.
January 14, 2017
Please join IRTF on Saturday, January 14 for a spaghetti dinner to support volunteer associate Yeamelake Aklilu as she travels to Honduras and Nicaragua to study Social Movements. The fundraiser is a free will offering.
December 24, 2016
Digital attacks (misinformation and distortions meant to discredit and misrepresent) against the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH).
December 23, 2016
Death threats against members of the Indigenous Councils Santiago Apóstol and San Isidro Labrador in La Paz Department who are opposing the construction of the Los Encinos hydro-electric dam on the Chinacla River: Ana Mirian Romero, Roberto Gómez, María Felicita Lopez and Rodolfo Vasquez.