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Urgent: We reject order that Gustavo Castro stay 30 days longer in Honduras

March 8, 2016

Cross-posted from Otros Mundos, Chiapas

(Read in Spanish here)

To the President of Honduras
To the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras

We reject the Honduran Attorney General’s decision to prolong the migration alert that impedes human rights defender Gustavo Castro Soto from leaving Honduras for another thirty days.

BREAKING! Gustavo Castro is in danger in the community of La Esperanza, Honduras

March 7, 2016

From Otros Mundos, Chiapas

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- To the Secretary of Human Rights, Justice, Interior, and Decentralization of Honduras

- To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Honduras

- To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico

- For national and international attention

- To all organizations defending human rights

At present, the Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro Soto, Coordinator of Other Worlds AC/Friends of the Earth Mexico, is adding to his statement in La Esperanza, Intibucá, southeastern Honduras, where he was the victim of an assassination attempt in which indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres was murdered on March 3.

We are on HIGH ALERT because his departure from the Embassy of Mexico and transfer back to La Esperanza represent a high risk for his physical security and psychological wellbeing.

On Sunday March 6, upon trying to leave Honduras, legally and under the protection of the Mexican Embassy in Honduras, he was arbitrarily intercepted by Honduran authorities before passing through immigration at the Tegucigalpa International Airport. They detained him under the justification that he needed to expand upon his declaration, but without notifying him of this previously.

COPINH: URGENT DENUNCIATION

March 7, 2016

HONDURAS March 6, 2016

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The Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) demands an investigation by independent and impartial experts to identify those physically responsible for the political assassination of Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, General Coordinator of COPINH, as well as the intellectual authors of this crime. Specifically, we demand that the Honduran state sign an agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to send independent experts to conduct a clean, impartial, and transparent investigation.

 

Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

March 3, 2016

Embassy of Honduras in Mexico
Mexican Consulate in Honduras
Inter American Commission on Human Rights

Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly entered and assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, founder of COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras.

Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4). Gustavo survived the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into the murder of our friend Berta.

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Mozambique’s Movement to End Land Grabs

March 1, 2016

By Anabela Lemos of Justiça Ambiental, Mozambique

Community members walk toward the Zambezi River in Tete Province, where land grabbing for coal mining has displaced people and impacted their food sovereignty. Photo: Justiça Ambiental.

This article was drawn from an interview with Anabela Lemos, and conducted, edited, and condensed by Simone Adler.

Anabela Lemos is Co-founder, Campaign Coordinator, and Board Member of Justiça Ambiental (JA), the Mozambique branch of Friends of the Earth.

 

To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. If the community structure is broken, if the land – the means of food production – is lost, we lose everything.

What You Probably Don't Know About Hillary Clinton's Record

February 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on a trip to Haiti in 2011. "Hand Washing" by Kendra Helmer/USAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Missing from the public discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.

Other Worlds has compiled a list of articles that take a closer look into Clinton's work in Haiti and what her Presidency could portend for other nations. 

Illegal and Illegitimate Hydroelectric Project Reinitiated on Gualcarque River in Honduras

February 24, 2016

Reposted from COPINH

The Government of Honduras continues to permit and be complicit in the violation of the human rights of the Lenca People of Río Blanco and the nothern part of the Department of Intibucá, to support DESA’s second attempt to build the “Agua Zarca” hydroelectric project on the Gualcarque River – a natural heritage, cultural, economic and functional habitat of the Lenca people. This new attempt by DESA-Agua Zarca is based on the same illegal concession that violates the right to prior, free and informed consultation of the Lenca people, as well as [International Labor Organization] Convention 169, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares this hydroelectric project since its inception, illegitimate and illegal.

Call to Action to Support COPINH and the Community of Rio Blanco, Honduras

February 22, 2016

These are the events that have unfolded as a result of a walk organized by COPINH that began [yesterday] morning. The community was walking to the Gualcarque river where DESA-Agua Zarca are constructing a hydroelectric dam project. For background on the project and COPINH/Rio Blanco's resistance, see Annie Bird's report.

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