Advocacy

Peasant killed and five others wounded as Land Related Violence Spikes in the Lower Aguan, Honduras

August 1, 2012

Israel Garcia Perez, a member of an Aguan peasant group, was found dead, with bullet wounds marking his body,  early morning Saturday July 28th, at the Los Laureles property on the outskirts of Tocoa. His death brought to 52 the number of peasants violently killed in this region in less than 3 years. Israel Garcia Perez had been participating in a land occupation on lands claimed by African palm oil magnate Miguel Facusse, whose security guards are implicated in several executions in the region.

Black Out Speak Out

June 7, 2012
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer

On June 4th, Development and Peace, in solidarity with 500 other organizations, participated in the Black Out Speak Out campaign in opposition to Bill C-38 which threatens Canada’s environment and democracy.

As part of the campaign, we blacked out our website for an entire day, changed the profile picture on our Facebook account and tweeted at #BLACKOUTSPEAKOUT.

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Archbishop in Peru threatened for calling for responsible environmental regulation of smelter

March 14, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America
Archbishop Barreto of Huancayo, Peru

On March 2nd, 2012, Archbishop Pedro Jimeno Barreto of Huancayo and his team, received anonymous death threats for opposing the re-opening of a US owned polymetallic smelter in the city of La Oroya.

Carbon Offsets worsening a Human Rights Crisis in the Lower Aguan, Honduras

February 28, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America
Local people remembering the victims of human rights violations

For most people, the mention of the Kyoto Protocol does not evoke an association with the tropical lowlands of Honduras, nor with human rights abuses.

Yet Development and Peace’s Honduran partner, the Popol Nah Tun Foundation, come face to face every day with an unpleasant and less well known facet of the Kyoto Protocol – the Clean Development Mechanism, an important component of the global carbon trading market.

Honduran partners mobilize against new mining law

January 26, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America

A few months after the conclusion of controversial negotiations between Canada and Honduras on a Free Trade Agreement, the Honduran Congressional Committee on Mining announced on January 16th that a new Mining Bill has just been concluded and is to be debated in Congress.

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