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DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

September 6, 2013

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field

Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.


            The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the river, blockaded. Photo: Beverly Bell.

On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION SEPT 10: PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT LEADERS

September 6, 2013

[ESPANOL ABAJO]

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES & CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS OF LAND AND WATER


Tomás Gomez, Berta Caceres,and Aureliano Molina

*Please see below for info on direct actions planned in San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago; consider planning an action in your city; or respond to the request for phone calls and emails below.*

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

August 31, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales.


Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, second from the left, in Mexico. Photo: Fernanda Robinson.

The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, a Xoxocotla indigenous man from the state of Morelos, Mexico. He is a member of the Council of Peoples and the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association.

Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.

“THEY FEAR US BECAUSE WE’RE FEARLESS”: RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND STRENGTH IN HONDURAS

August 27, 2013

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field


COPINH members on a piece of their ancestral land to which they had just won title. Photo: Oscar Andrade.

“Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolution, and Hurricane Mitch.” So said Berta Caceres, co-founder and general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH by its Spanish acronym). COPINH is an organization of hundreds of communities of Lenca indigenous peoples and small farmers.

“Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

August 21, 2013

Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders.

 

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds

August 21, 2013

 

"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

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.

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