COVER-UP OF EVIDENCE OF ACID WATERS IN THE SIRIA VALLEY
Report: “GOLDCORP (ENTRE MARES) THE GOVERNMENT OF HONDURAS HIDE INFORMATION ABOUT POISONING OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS”
Mining exploration and exploitation in the Siria Valley (municipalities of San Ignacio, Cedros and El Porvenir), began in 1995 and intensified after Hurricane Mitch (1998). The General Mining Law was approved on November 30, 1998, one month after Hurricane Mitch. It was published in the official “la Gaceta” on February 6, 1999 and came into force in 2000.
Siria Valley inhabitants, whose wellbeing was affected by their jobs at the EntreMares mining company [subsidiary of Goldcorp Inc] will protest next Wednesday at the Supreme Court, to demand compensation from the State for damages caused to their health.
Human rights advocates tell World Bank (WB) auditors that the WB is obligated to respect the rights of the "Panama" campesino community in Honduras, who were shot at while protesting the illegal and violent land usurpations that they are suffering at the hands of the Dinant Corporation, a WB loan recipient.
Read this written submission of Rights Action and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the World Bank Compliance / Ombudsman related to the Corporation Dinant Loan (Honduras) CAO REF. CODE C-I-R9-Y12-F161
New book by Tanya M. Kerssen. Following the military coup that overthrew the Honduran government headed by president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, a massive anti-coup resistance movement emerged, embodied by the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). An important pillar of this broad-based movement for democratization is the peasant movement of the Aguán Valley, profiled in the new book Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras, published by Food First Books/Institute for Food and Development Policy (February 2013).
Listen to today's 27-minute CBC radio debate (on "The Current" programme) concerning Canadian support for the establishment of privatized "charter cities" in northern Honduras, along the Caribbean coast. The debate includes Grahame Russell and Karen Spring of Rights Action.
Over the past three years at minimum 89 members or associates of campesino movements have been killed in the Bajo Aguan Valley in a campaign of targeted killings.
No sooner was the blatantly colonial charter city project in Honduras declared unconstitutional by the Honduran Supreme Court last year than it found itself back on the agenda. The gist of the project is the creation of free-market enclaves on Honduran territory that are unaccountable to national laws and are instead governed by foreign corporate interests.
Killings of poor campesinos continue unabated in northern Honduras, as military-backed landowners use violence to get ever more land, to produce "green energy" agro-fuels for global markets.