On June 7, 2016, Aura Minerals (Canadian gold mining company), and the Honduran Government, Army and Police exerted serious pressure on the Azacualpa community to force the signing of an “agreement” to dig up the dead from, and then destroy the community’s 200 year old cemetery, so that Aura Minerals can continue its cyanide-leaching, mountain-top removal, gold mining operation.
Toronto Star 2-part report on “Hudbay Minerals lawsuits” -/- Please share widely
Initiated by Jen Moore, this petition calls for: Justice for assassinated Honduran Indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres; an Investigation into Canada’s role in Honduras since the 2009 U.S. and Canadian backed military coup in Honduras.
“The Honduran police are widely established to be deeply corrupt and to commit human rights abuses, including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder, with impunity …” - "The Berta Caceres Human Rights In Honduras Act"
A reflection by Grahame Russell, March 2, 2016; Updated June 15, 2016, a “Global day of action for justice for Berta Caceres”
From June 5-11, 2016, Rights Action led a human rights solidarity trip to Honduras. The focus of our trip was: Honouring The Life, Vision & Struggles Of Berta Caceres. What Do The U.S. & Canada Have To Do With Repression, Human Rights Violations, Corruption & Impunity In Honduras?
“In the face of damning evidence from its Marlin mine in Guatemala, Goldcorp’s recent statement that it values the participation of First Nations in its Canadian projects (Yukon News, May 13) just sounds like double speak.” (Tory Russell)
Funds are needed to support Berta’s family as they respond to this political crime/crisis situation and demand justice for the assassination of Berta and wounding of Mexican Gustavo Castro; and to support COPINH’s work for justice in this case, and their long-term work for territorial defense and indigenous rights, and fundamental transformation and change in Honduras.
"After 21 years with Rights Action, I never cease to be moved by the courage, tenderness and tenacity of people across Guatemala and Honduras." Grahame Russell.
Rights Action recommends this 13 minute film, showing just how repressive, oppressive and desperate the situation in Honduras is, ever since the military coup in June 2009... ... and just how brave so many women are.
Over 185 days have passed in which the Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos, SA (DESA), plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges.