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.
Forwarding an ANONYMOUS film about Honduras
In September 2013, a Honduran court dictated that widely recognized social movement leader Berta Cáceres, the general coordinator of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organisations), be jailed while awaiting trial in a political case aimed at destroying Indigenous resistance to a mega-proyect being imposed on the Lenca communities of Rio Blanco through military force.
News report, in Spanish, about this latest “disappearance” / murders (that included torture and dismemberment) in Honduras, the ‘Repression Capital of the Americas’ and the ‘Murder Capital of the World’.
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.
In Manitoba, a Hudbay Minerals mining operation is being challenged by First Nations. In Guatemala, Mayan Qeqchi people await decision from Canadian court concerning their civil suits filed against Hudbay Minerals in Toronto court.