Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights

URGENT ACTION required to protect movement leaders in Honduras

August 14, 2013


Please respond to this urgent demand, circulated by our friends at Agricultural Missions, Inc.

Brief:  COPINH (Honduras) leaders face trumped up charges to break the back of 140+ day road occupation which has effectively stopped the installation of a hydro electric dam project on the Sacred Gualcarque River in Lenca Territory in Rio Blanco, HondurasLenca People:  No means No!*  (*Indigenous peoples have an internationally recognized right to collectively be consulted and approve or deny proposals for use of their lands, under ILO Convention 169)

We Don’t Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

August 11, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Co-authored by Lauren Elliott

Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series

Consuelo Castillo and son in their land reform community in Bajo Aguán, Honduras.
Photo: Jennifer Jewell.

For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land, indigenous territories, agriculture, food systems, and the global commons.

OFRANEH denunciation of Aug 6-8 Sustainable Palm Oil Round Table

August 6, 2013

The Sustainable Palm Oil Round Table, the World Wildlife Fund, and the "Certification" of the "Palm Oil Producer of Death."

(English translation by S. Bartlett)

Starting on August 6 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras the 4th  Latin American
Conference and Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will take place,
an event organized by the Honduran Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock,
the Palm Oil Federation, the World Worldlife Fund (WWF) and the Dutch
Cooperation and Development Service (SNV).

Acción Urgente por el asesinato de Noé Vázquez Ortiz durante el X Aniversario del MAPDER

August 5, 2013

Take Action: This is the second time since July 15 that one of our colleagues fighting for indigenous and small-farmer control over their lands and rivers has been assisinated. Cross-posted from Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero.

Acción Urgente por el asesinato de Noé Vázquez Ortiz durante el X

Aniversario del MAPDER

Firma aqui:

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

August 4, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series

In a land reform encampment in Brazil, where families hope to win title to unused land. Photo: Andy Lin.

As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn’t, battles over land have been fought from time immemorial. One of the earliest may have been led by Adam and Eve as they attempted to reclaim their garden after having been evicted. Even before the Crusades, through centuries of colonization, to the oil- and water-motivated wars of the present day, land has long been the currency of religious, national, and imperial power.

Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras COPINH

August 2, 2013

Bo. Las Delicias, Intibucá, Intibucá;

Tel. (504) 2783-0817http://copinh.orgFB: Copinh Intibucá; twitter: @copinhhonduras






Human Rights Crisis in Río Blanco / Crisis de Derechos Humanos en Río Blanco

July 8, 2013

Cross-posted from Honduras Resists / Honduras Resiste.

Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:49 PM PDT

To the Honduran and international media
To national and international human rights authorities
To the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
To the President, Congress and Supreme Court of Honduras
To the Honduran public and international community
We are extremely worried about the deterioration of the already volatile situation in Rio Blanco, in particular the militarization of the area and recent accusations made in the Honduran media against indigenous Lenca community members and their supporters by the police and the SINOHYDRO and DECA companies who seek to build the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River near Rio Blanco. Blood has already been shed and there is grave danger of a broader bloodbath in the near future. Many media reports have irresponsibly repeated serious claims and accusations that police themselves admit have yet to be corroborated and we have serious questions regarding the official version of events and express our concern in the strongest terms possible about the potential worsening of violence, intimidation, repression, criminalization and legal persecution.

One Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

April 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor

By Annie Murphy

Lidia Romero (c.), a member of the Community Police, stands guard on a road at the entrance to the town of Cherán one week ago. Residents of remote regions have taken up arms to patrol and defend their communities from organized crimes and gangs. Alan Ortega/Reuters


About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

More on Canada's Idle No More Indigenous Movement

March 12, 2013

by Talli Nauman

Cross-posted from CIP Americas.

Idle No More (INM),  started in late 2012 as an aboriginal movement to block regressive legislation threatening indigenous, territorial and treaty claims in Canada, has quickly become a worldwide vehicle for indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental complaints.  By early 2013 It has attracted significant attention from Latin American quarters.


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