It has been more than two years since the former Minister of International Development, Bev Oda, announced that the (also former) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would fund partnerships between non-governmental organizations and mining companies.
Ever since the 2009 coup, 32 journalists in the country have been murdered and many more, like Meza, continue to work in the face of such threats.
A lawyer and an ex-congressional candidate for the Libre party in the elections this past November, was murdered this morning in San Pedro Sula while sitting in a parked car.
On March 5, people tried to kill Maria Santos, seriously attacking her, her 12-year old son Paulo, and her husband Roque, with machetes. Maria is a vocal leader in the struggle in Rio Blanco and member of the Indigenous Council. Maria has received numerous death threats because of her vocal opposition to the Agua Zarca Dam.
We encourage all Canadians to send this statement to your own M.P., ask them for their position on this "Free Trade" Agreement ("C-20: Canada-Honduras Economic Growth And Prosperity Act"), and let them know you will hold them to account for their position.
As precedent-setting lawsuits continue in Canada, against Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Hudbay's former subsidiary in Guatemala, Gautemalan Nickel Company), Hudbay/CGN's former security chief, Mynor Padilla, faces murder and shooting-wounding charges in April in Guatemala.