Travel in a Delegation
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is sponsoring a delegation to Honduras on the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-supported military coup that ousted popularly elected President, Manual Zelaya on June 28, 2009. Since that time, Honduras has become known as the "Murder Capital of the World" and the "Repression Capital of the Americas." Juan Orlando Hernandez was elected President in November 2013 in a heated and highly contested election. Since then, Hernandez promoted the passage of several laws that concentrate executive powers and that violate the rights of people. For example, the controversial Charter Cities laws were recently enacted to facilitate the establishment of Zones of Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs) that are proposed as autonomous corporate city-states that will exist independently from the laws and economy of Honduras. Further, corruption, repression and impunity have been widespread in Honduras, and attacks on Honduran lawyers and judges are commonplace.
The NLG delegation will examine the context and the current status of the Honduran legal system and the judiciary, focusing on the infringement of human rights and the autonomy of communities. The delegation will also examine the roles and responsibilities of the governments of Canada, the United States, and transnational business and investment interests in contributing to and benefiting from Honduras' impunity and repression.
Delegation Dates: June 22 to June 29, 2014.
In-Country Costs: Approximately $650
DELEGATION APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 25TH
Price does not include airfare
FLIGHTS: Delegates should arrange to arrive in Tegucigalpa on Sunday, June 22nd and depart from Tegucigalpa on Sunday, June 29th.
THE PLAN: This delegation will travel to southern Honduras where the first ZEDE has been proposed to speak to communities that will be impacted by these developments. We will then return to Tegucigalpa where we will meet with representatives from legal associations, human rights groups, and government organizations to discuss the struggles for justice, democracy and the rule of law in Honduras, particularly since the November 2013 elections. On June 28th, the anniversary of the coup, we will provide observation and support for demonstrations or rallies that take place in or near Tegucigalpa.
TYPE OF PARTICIPANT: This trip is for North Americans in the law and justice profession - judges, lawyers, legal educators, legal reporters, legal workers, law students - who are concerned, in general, about the state of our global human community and who are concerned, specifically, about human rights, rule of law, justice and democracy issues.
TRIP LEADERS: NLG trip leaders will be Mark Sullivan, environmental attorney and adjunct professor from Santa Cruz and Lauren Carasik, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law.
REPORT: Participants will be expected to participate in preparing a formal report that will be issued in the weeks after the trip.
COSTS: Approximately $650. Costs are inclusive of hotels, 2 to 3 meals a day, transportation in-country, trip organization, guiding, translation and honorariums for some of the organizations and communities we meet with. Fee reductions for those with a demonstrated need may be available. Participants will arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Honduras. Prices do not include alcoholic beverages and tips.
CONTACT: Mark Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org, to apply for this delegation.
On the fifth anniversary of the coup that overthrew democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, the nonviolent National Front for Popular Resistance, farmers, students, labor unionists, LGBT activists, and regular people request our accompaniment in the face of violence and repression.
Join the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) to learn what is at stake for Hondurans in the wake of last Fall's presidential election which further entrenched the coup-spawned government. Learn what we can do as international solidarity activists in Honduras and in our own countries to defend the popular movements and the struggle for democracy, peace and justice.
This delegation will join with a delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) for a trip to the Southern part of the country where a charter has been granted for a Model City. Never heard of a Model City? Well, this delegation will help make sure that everyone learns about this perverse concept where North Americans set up a city outside the laws and jurisdiction of the Honduran law. This is not uninhabited land. Help AfGJ and the NLG investigate who will be displaced and what other effects this pernicious dream of North American libertarians will have on Honduras.
The delegation, which will be based in the capital city of Tegucigalpa will also travel to Zacate Grande where communities that have inhabited the land for generations are being threatened by tourism and African Palm business interests. We will also visit Siria Valley where environmentalists are under death threat and legal actions for their activism against North American mining interests that are destroying their water and their health. In Tegucigalpa the delegation will meet with human rights defenders and leaders of popular movements struggling against state violence and impunity. Learn about how North American foreign policy impacts these communities generating further human rights issues, social conflict and militarization.
The delegation will be led by AfGJ National Co-Coordinator Elane Spivak Rodriguez, Heather Wolford, who was the first long-term accompanier in Zacate Grande, and Karen Spring, Honduras Coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network.
The $1,000 price includes all food, housing (double occupancy), translation, in-country transportation, and materials. It does not include international airfare.
For more information or an application, send an email to Chuck@AFGJ.org.
Since 2005 communities and organizations grouped under the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador, La Mesa, have fiercely opposed attempts by foreign corporations to obtain mineral exploitation licenses to begin industrial scale gold mining. As the national government has failed to guarantee a permanent mining ban, mining affected regions are seeking to assert local autonomy through a process of community consultations that will gauge the desire of local communities in to live in territories free of mining.
This delegation aims to bring international presence to observe community consultations in the department of Chalatenango, El Salvador. Participants in the delegation are expected to:
Observe and verify community consultations on mining led by local organizations in the Chalatenango region of El Salvador.
Become familiar and gain an overall understanding of the impacts of large scale mining operations in El Salvador and the different dimensions of the anti-mining struggle.
Engage in knowledge exchange sessions with national and international environmental activists and members of local communities affected by mining.
Increase long term solidarity with communities leading struggles against extractive industries in El Salvador.
ABOUT MINING IN EL SALVADOR
The introduction of mining projects in El Salvador has been met with a public consensus that the country's fragile environment is not able to sustain industrial scale extractive projects. The size of country`s territory, over-population, high vulnerability to natural disasters, the precarious condition of water resources, and unmitigated amounts of toxic waste already contaminating the natural environment are factors that have contributed to sway public opinion against mining. Public opinion polls have shown that over 60 percent of the population is opposed to mining.
Widespread opposition to mining has made it possible to halt the implementation of mineral exploitation projects so far. However, many challenges remain to ensure that the mining industry is prevented from increasing environmental vulnerability in the country. The Ministry of Economy through the Direction of Mining and Hydrocarbons maintains 29 active exploration licenses, and applications for over 60 exploration projects are currently in process. A law to prohibit mining has been introduced by civil society organizations at the legislative assembly but the government has failed to discuss it, maintaining only a de facto moratorium without legislative backing. Despite of the fact that that two mining companies have sued El Salvador for over 400 million dollars under the ICSID, an international trade tribunal housed at the World Bank, El Salvador has continued to sign trade agreements that contain investor-state clauses that give corporations the right to profit over public interest, and to sue in foreign courts if their rights to profit are interfered with.
The failure of the current government to approve a mining ban has required civil society organizations to sustain a permanent campaign to ensure mining companies seeking licenses to extract resources are held back and to maintain public pressure for a law that ultimately prohibits mining. Organized under National Roundtable against Mining in El Salvador, civil society organizations have led a national campaign against mining and have supported local communities to develop creative strategies to resist the presence of mining.
The communities most affected by the introduction of mining projects in the country are the northern farming communities of the departments of Santa Ana, Chalatenango, Cabañas, Morazán and La union. All these communities have already felt the presence of mining companies in their territories and have developed organized resistance to extractive projects according to their particular circumstances.
Delegation fee: $700. Delegation fee covers housing, meals, in country transportation, translation and the entire program from airport pick up to drop off.
International Flight: $500-$900***
***International flight is to be purchased by each delegate individually
How to Participate
This is a general call for participants that may come from any region and any background and that may be interested in learning about El Salvador, although the focus is on involving individuals who are connected to related struggles internationally, such as the anti-fracking struggle, and Tar Sands pipeline struggle, the First Nations environmental rights struggle, and others.
If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact:
email@example.com or 805-669-VIVA
The deadline to sign up is August 11, 2014.
If you are interested in participating but are concerned about financial barriers, please do not hesitate to contact us. Some scholarships are available, especially to individuals involved in local environmental and anti-extraction industry work.
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<p> Sponsored by <strong>Rights Action</strong>, join <strong>Annie Bird (Rights Action co-director)</strong>. For information: <strong><a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, 202-680-3002</strong></p>
Sponsored by Alliance for Global Justice, Join AfGJ Coordinator Chuck Kaufman, Karen Spring (long-time Honduras human rights accompanier with Rights Action) and Tanya Kerssen (food policy analyst from Food First). For an application, send an email to AFGJ@AFGJ.org
Sponsored by Rights Action. With Grahame Russell (Rights Action co-director). For complete information Rights Action, 860-352-2448