OFRANEH and the Garifuna people have won a major legal decision, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in regards to collective ownership and their territories.
Based on a procedural technicality, an appeals court in Puerto Barrios ruled against the motion, filed by Angélica Choc, widow of Adolfo Ich, that the judge in this case (Ana Leticia Peña) has acted with racial discrimination and partiality.
FAMDEGUA and ADIVIMA, human rights/victims organizations that Rights Action supports, are part of the team that filed these “forced disappearances” war crimes charges against former military leaders of the Zone 21 (“CREOMPAZ”) military base in Alta Verapaz.
Racial Discrimination Hearing: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 2pm; Information: Grahame Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org,  3068-5922 (in Guatemala)
Recusaciòn A Jueza Por Discriminacion Racial: En El Caso Penal Contra Mynor Padilla (ex-jefe de seguridad de Hudbay Minerals/CGN) Por Asesinato y Heridos
Investigative MEDIA releases the online version of a film about Hudbay's harmful, repressive and widely resisted mining operations in Uchucarco (Peru), Manitoba (Canada), El Estor (Guatemala) & Arizona (United States).
After 21 years with Rights Action, I continue to be moved by the courage, tenderness and tenacity of people across Guatemala and Honduras (in Mexico, and elsewhere in the Americas) who keep on working and struggling in their home communities, and nationally and globally, in defense of community well-being, the environment and human rights for all.
"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.