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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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April 26, 2016
Ill treatment and arbitrary arrests of José Miltiades Sánchez, director of the organization LGBTI Association Youth Movement (AJEM), as well as Cidar Armando Arias Mendoza and Evin Omar Ponce Garcia, both members of the association.
April 24, 2016
Continuing harassment and attacks on members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). On April 13, COPINH members, 1300 members of Honduran social movements and international delegations from 22 different countries gathered for the international meeting “Berta Cáceres Vive” celebrating the life of Berta Cáceres and demanding justice for her assassination on March 2.
April 23, 2016
Assassination attempts against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights advocates Juan José Zambrano and Jlo Córdoba. Juan José Zambrano is a member of the Association for a Better Life for People Infected with and Affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras (APUVIMEH) which works with the LGBTI community and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
April 22, 2016
The Honduran government has placed a risk on the life of human rights defender Martha Ligia Arnold in the Bajo Aguán Valley but accusing her of having ties to organized crime. Martha Ligia Arnold, President of the Permanent Human Rights Observatory for the Bajo Aguan (OBDHBA),
RRN Case Update
April 1, 2016
Indigenous Human Rights and Envirnonmental Defender Berta Cáceres Assassinated
March 28, 2016
Back from her 2-week delegation to Honduras with the topic Women Leading the Way to Justice and Peace, Sophie will report from her experience of peaceful resistance in the country with the highest homicide rate in the world.
After learning for two weeks from the people protecting their traditional lands and resisting the violence by Tahoe Resources, Wilber will talk about his journey to the counrty directly north of his native El Salvador.
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How can we better act in solidarity with the people in Central America?
Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Regarding Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres
March 10, 2016
Dear Secretary of State Kerry,
We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.
March 10, 2016
Dear Secretary of State Kerry, We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.
March 8, 2016
unjust detaining of Gustavo Castro Soto, the sole witness to the murder of Berta Cáceres. The violation of his rights to due process and refusal of the government to allow him to return safely to his home country of Mexico.
March 7, 2016
assassaination of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Rights leader and human rights defender, in her hometown of La Esperanza. Co-founder of COPINH who spent her life defending indigenous land and environmental rights.