- Interview with Annie Bird, co-director of Rights Action
- Link to Rights Action/CEPR report on the May 11 “Ahuas Massacre”
- Article by Lauren Carasik: “OUR MEN IN HONDURAS: Losing Control of the War on Drugs”
An excellent article about how profoundly messed up the political situation is in Honduras, completely supported by the USA. [Canada is the other country playing a completely complicit role of legitimizing the illegitimate in Honduras). 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).
STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT versusTHE MILITARY-BACKED REGIME & GLOBAL COMPANIES & INVESTORS
Goldcorp donates $5 million to two health programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, even as Goldcorp categorically denies any responsibility or even remedy for deadly and devastating health harms in the Siria Valley, Honduras, suffered by former Goldcorp workers and by villagers living near Goldcorp’s “San Martin” open-pit, mountain-top removal, cyanide bonding gold mine. Today, four years after Goldcorp suspended its mining operation, people continue to suffer devastating health harms.
In this newsletter, we set out a summary of organizations, projects and struggles that Rights Action has funded, to date, in 2012. These are your funds at work. With your help, we are supporting courageous people in Guatemala and Honduras, and their efforts to protect the environment, to defend human rights and justice, and to build real democracy from the grassroots level up.
- LINK: “Broken Anvil”, an 18 minute film about the May 11, 2012, US-DEA massacre in Honduras
- LINK: “COLLATORAL DAMAGE OF A DRUG WAR”, about the US-DEAD massacre in Honduras
- HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FUNDS NEEDED for survivors and family members
Today, human rights activists and lawyers report that the Honduran police intend to transfer the 27 protesters from the Aguan region in Honduras - detained and beaten yesterday - to the maximum security prison in Tamara, where they would be held without visitation rights. This is not a pretrial detention center, and there are no charges against the detainees as they were liberated yesterday. The police are acting with extreme violence in a manner rarely seen since the June 2009 military coup, which leads human rights activists to believe that the behavior responds to superior orders.
Document Collateral Damage of a Drug War The May 11 Killings in Ahuas and the Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs in La Moskitia, Honduras By Annie Bird and Alexander Main, with research contributions from Karen Spring. On May 11 a passenger boat was moments from landing in Ahuas, La Moskitia when agents in a US government helicopter opened fire killing four people, including a child and pregnant women. After a three months of criminalizing the victims and downplaying the lead role that the US DEA played in the operation, the US government has not taken any kind of responsibility for its actions.
On July 2, 2012, neighbors from the town of Panama found evidence that campesino Gregorio Chavez Arranda was kidnapped from his fields and taken by Dinant palm oil company private security forces onto the Panama Farm.