Military, Police, Paramilitary and Private Security Violence
March 31, 2014 is the second anniversary of the violent death of Nahomy, Ángel and Juan Carlos, biology students from the estudiantes Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). They died violently on the property of CGN (Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel) in El Estor.
Jose Antonio Lopez Lara of Rigores was identified as the body found in the exhumation of a clandestine burial site in the Paso Aguan plantation today. The exhumation was performed by two Guatemalan forensic anthropologists [with the FAFG – Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation], and attended by Honduran judicial officials and representatives of COFADEH and campesinos from the area, as well as by local police and military officials.
"Militarization in Central America is less about controlling crime than ensuring access to natural resources" (Annie Bird)
On January 5, 2012, just days before the January 14 inauguration of former general Otto Perez Molina as President of Guatemala, a Guatemalan court in a highly irregular procedure dismissed charges against Perez Molina for the 1992 forced disappearance, illegal detention, prolonged torture and presumed extrajudicial execution of Efrain Bamaca.
At 3,000 square miles, the Aguan River Valley in northeastern Honduras is about the same size as California's Death Valley. But despite being green and fertile, the Aguan basin is becoming famous as a "valley of death."