On Al Jazeera, "Inside Story America" talks with Annie Bird (Rights Action) and Alberto Arce about whether the US state department is misleading Congress about possible US funding for Honduran death squads?
Today several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) condemned a statement by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, IFC  which defends the record of a Honduran palm oil company, Grupo Dinant, implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abuses. The IFC statement explicitly admits to supporting training for the company’s armed security guards.
As tensions build in Honduras, leading up to the November 2013 presidential elections, Rights Action has brought a group of 23 mainly North Americans to investigate the political and human rights situation.
- open letter to women of Siria Valley , by Mining Watch and Development and Peace
- article by Mary Durran, Development and Peace
- links to 3 “cover-up” articles about how Goldcorp and Honduran authorities covered up reports about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s mine
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
Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield succumbed to a fit of honesty earlier this month: "When the drug war turns bloody, he said, the strategy is working," journalist Martha Mendoza reported. By Brownfield's standards, the strategy has been an enormous success.