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.
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.
From July 7 to July 14, Rights Action facilitated an 8-day road trip through Guatemala, leading a group of 18 North Americans concerned about health and environmental harms and other human rights violations being caused by (mainly) Canadian mining companies. This is an article by one of the participants, Cathy Gerrior, a Mi'kmaq Elder and Ceremony Keeper from Turtle Island
Since early 2012, the remains of hundreds of Guatemalans have been exhumed (dug up) from mass graves scattered inside the Guatemalan Army's military base in Coban.
A very moving article by Lucrecia Molina about the Rio Negro/Chixoy Dam massacres Hearing that took place June 19-20, 2012, in San Jose, Costa Rica, before the IACHR (Inter-American Court on Human Rights).