Rights Action was honored to bring Angelica Choc - one of the plaintiffs - to Toronto, to attend 2 days of court hearings concerning 3 civil suits filed against Hudbay Minerals concerning the killing of Adolfo Ich, the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub and the gang rapes of 11 women in the community of Lote 8 (all in the municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala).
This is and remains a people's struggle in Honduras and also in the USA and Canada, given the terrible role of our governments and certain business and investors interests (mining, sweatshops, tourism, etc)
An article regarding the AfGJ / Rights Action delegation that went to La Moskitia to investigate the May 11th DEA massacre in Ahuas, Honduras.
A delegation of academics, human rights and labor activists, visited the community of Ahuás in the Department of Gracias a Dios in a region known as La Moskitia. On May 11, 2012 four helicopters conducted an apparent drug interdiction near the town of Ahuas. At least one of the helicopters opened fire on a passenger boat killing two pregnant women, a 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man, while seriously injuring at least four more. The purpose of the visit was to inquire into this tragedy.
Politically motivated killings apparently by death squads have been growing over the past few years in Central America, and concern in Guatemala is heightened as the new administration has brought back to public office many of the same individuals directly implicated in the State repression and genocide of the 1980s.
Honduras is just days away from approving an extremist law that would put teenagers in prison for using the morning-after pill, even if they've just been raped.
An article "On the Problem of Femicide" about violence and repression against women and girls in Guatemala, and the daily and historic reality of impunity.
"Militarization in Central America is less about controlling crime than ensuring access to natural resources" (Annie Bird)
Human rights groups celebrated on Friday after a court in Guatemala ruled that the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who presided over one of Latin America's bloodiest civil wars, will face trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
These articles (below) about U.S. syphilis "experiments" in Guatemala in the 1940s, are another indication and reminder of just what the political, economic and military elites of the United States have long thought about Guatemala and particularly the exploited and poor majority.