Mega development destruction
Criminalization continues against leaders of COPINH and Lenca indigenous communities as they defend their natural resources and way of life
It is all too easy for one's eyes to glaze over at the headlines of yet another murder in Honduras, the country that earned the dubious moniker of the world's murder capital. Forty-nine year-old Tomas Garcia was shot dead on July 15, just one of thousands of victims.
On August 6, the RSPO (www.rspo.org) is holding the 4th international palm oil conference in Honduras. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). One event sponsor is the Dinant Corporation, controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras. Facusse was a major supporter of the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, has been linked to narco-trafficking, and, since June 2009, has been linked to the targeted killing of over 100 campesinos in the northern “Aguan” palm producing region.
GUATEMALA: LA PUYA’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE, PEACE, AND DEFENSE OF THE EARTH, article by Alexandra Pedersen
The FAFG (Guatemalan Foundation of Forensic Anthropology) has made a positive identification of 7 individuals exhumed (dug up) from clandestine cemeteries (mass graves) on the Guatemalan Military’s Coban Base. To date, over 500 individuals – all victims of repression and genocide in the 1970s and 80s - have been exhumed from the Coban military base.