Honduras

Honduras: Development and Peace supports the women of the Siria Valley on International Women's Day

March 8, 2013
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Women of the Siria Valley have heavy metal presence in their blood due to a mine

It has now been two years since the suited managers of the San Martin open pit gold mine, owned by Goldcorp, packed their bags and left the Siria Valley in central Honduras. They had spent literally hundreds of hours of air time, reassuring the population that the mine hadn’t harmed the surrounding environment.

As proof, they even built an eco-tourism hotel on the mine site, raised cattle and poultry and planted eucalyptus trees everywhere – although the thirsty nature of these in an area with a gradually diminishing water supply seemed to escape them.

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.

Lower Aguan, Honduras : the most serious human rights situation in 15 years affecting peasants in Central America

June 8, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America

A public hearing on the human rights situation in the Lower Aguan region of Honduras took place on May 28, 2012, in the city of Tocoa, Colon. Severe land conflicts in this region continue to pit peasants against large land holders who have disputed previous governments' attempt at land reform, and have resulted in serious and ongoing human rights violations. The situation worsened dramatically after the Honduran coup d'etat in June 2009.

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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