All respect for the tireless and courageous Guatemalan victims’ groups, human rights organizations and lawyers and activists. As these precedent-setting trials continue against a few of the “intellectual authors” of the genocides and war crimes in Guatemala
[... but no end to economic, political, military relations with regime!]
On July 6, 2016, the body of Lesbia Janeth Urquía Urquía was found stabbed to death, dumped at a place called “Mata Mulas” (Kills Mules) by the Marcala municipal dump, in the western department of la Paz. Lesbia was at the forefront of a community struggle to oppose the illegal imposition of a privatized hydro-electric dam project along the Chinacla river in Marcalas, La Paz.
A terrible accident has taken the life of 9 year-old Alma Yesenia Uscap Osorio and her mother, Isabel Osorio Tum, in the village of Rio Negro, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. But it is no accident that another brutal death has occurred in one of the most long suffering communities in Guatemala.
A second meeting took place in Honduras on June 27 between the Azacualpa Environmental Committee and the Canadian mining company Aura Minerals. This meeting followed upon the “forced agreement” of June 7, and was marked by similar levels of pressure and intimidation as the June 7 meeting.
Today marks seven years of U.S.- and Canadian-backed military coup-ism in Honduras … and counting. There is no end in sight to Honduras’ utterly distressing situation of government repression, widespread societal violence and murder, economic exploitation and deep poverty, racism, gender-based violence, all made worse by the U.S. “war on drugs”, all glued together by corruption, impunity and a fundamental lack of democracy.
June 27 marks the anniversary of the 1954 CIA coup that toppled Guatemala's only democratic government, resulting in decades of conflict and genocide. What a dismal anniversary. So much death and destruction to lament. And so much ongoing death and destruction linked to the 1954 coup.
Funds are needed to support Berta’s family as they respond to this political crime/crisis situation and demand justice for the assassination of Berta and wounding of Mexican Gustavo Castro; and to support COPINH’s work for justice in this case, and their long-term work for territorial defense and indigenous rights, and fundamental transformation and change in Honduras.
"After 21 years with Rights Action, I never cease to be moved by the courage, tenderness and tenacity of people across Guatemala and Honduras." Grahame Russell.
Rights Action recommends this 13 minute film, showing just how repressive, oppressive and desperate the situation in Honduras is, ever since the military coup in June 2009... ... and just how brave so many women are.
Over 185 days have passed in which the Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos, SA (DESA), plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges.