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CRLN recently recommended that you watch a NISGUA webinar titled “From the U.S. to Central America: Asylum, Deportations, and COVID-19,” featuring five panelists from Central America and the U.S. who are experts on migration and powerful movement leaders. The panelists spoke about the illegal and inhumane Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs), also known as safe third country agreements. They also discussed deportations during the pandemic, which have greatly impacted already under-resourced medical systems in the Global South.

The recording of the webinar, complete with English subtitles, is now available for viewing, if you were unable to see it when the webinar first aired.

Links: 

Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs)

deportations during the pandemic

recording

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CRLN is a member of the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN). Karen Spring is HSN’s representative in Honduras and is an insightful analyst of what is going on in Honduras today. We encourage you to tune into her upcoming podcast series. The first 2 episodes aired yesterday on the 11th anniversary of the 2009 overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales. Read her statement and listen below!

Hi there!

Today is the 11th anniversary of the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras. Like so many, I continue to be inspired by the amazing resistance of Hondurans across the country.

Today, I LAUNCHED the Honduras Now podcast, to remember not just a day that sparked a crisis in Honduras but a day that brought together an amazing and tireless popular movement that despite all odds, continues today.

 

Listen to the first two episodes:

** Episode One: The 2009 coup d’état in Honduras – download HERE
** Episode Two: What the coup means 11 years later – download HERE

If you would prefer to read the episodes (or get the links to Honduran feminist artist Karla Lara’s beautiful music), I will post the show notes at: www.hondurasnow.org

Hasta pronto! Thanks for listening!

Karen Spring
Honduras-based Coordinator, Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN)
Honduras Now Podcast

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Guatemala held elections last Sunday that were marred by the interference of the powers controlling the country in the electoral process. The primary anti-corruption candidate, who had been leading in the polls, fled to El Salvador after receiving a death threat earlier in the campaign season, as did the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal threw various obstacles in front of one of the indigenous parties, MLP, to limit its ability to campaign and to limit the number of votes for its candidates. One of its candidates and two of its campaign committee members were murdered. Neither of the two Presidential candidates who won the most votes and will have a run-off election in September have promised to support the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG), and so it will cease operations in September 2019.

Nevertheless, indigenous and progressive parties did better than usual in this election, and the population in general is outraged at official corruption. Below is a more detailed report on the election results by our friends at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA.

 

Guatemala’s June 16th General Elections:

Parties implicated in corruption will face off for the presidency, dominate congress

Strongest showing yet by opposition parties

 

GHRC

June 18, 2019

As expected, Sunday’s general elections in Guatemala resulted in a run-off for the presidency between former First Lady Sandra Torres (National  Unity of Hope – UNE – party) and four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giamattei (Vamos Party).  The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) reports that Torres took the lead with close to 26% of the vote and Giamattei followed with just under 14%. The run-off will take place August 11. Elected candidates will take office January 14.

The TSE reports that UNE won 53 out of 160 available congressional seats, up from 28 in the last elections.  UNE’s congressional showing alone makes it the dominant political force. Vamos took 16 seats.  During the outgoing Congress, UNE often voted with the“Pact of Corrupts,” an informal coalition that promoted laws favoring corruption and impunity, of which Vamos was considered an ally.

Maya Mam community organizer Thelma Cabrera (Movement for Peoples’ Liberation – MLP – party) came in with 10.5% of the vote, making her the highest polling indigenous presidential candidate ever in Guatemala, a majority indigenous country.  She came in a close fourth place behind Edmund Mulet.  Cabrera’s newly created MLP party issued a statement late in the day on Monday, rejecting the TSE’s official reports.  The MLP reports that local TSE officials refused to provide copies of the official acts registering polling station results as required by law, in some districts the MLP’s symbol was omitted from the ballot, the TSE did not provide MLP with its legally mandated publicity budget, and the TSE blocked MLP locals from opening bank accounts.  Concern regarding electoral irregularities has been heightened since the Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes, Oscar Schaad, resigned his post and fled Guatemala five days before the elections in response to death threats.   Leopaldo Guerra, the Director of the TSE’ Citizens Registry, which oversees the registration of candidates, also took a leave just days before the elections citing health reasons, while the Special Prosecutor Against Impunity (FECI), Juan Francisco Sandoval, is also reported to be on vacation.

Rural political observers note that during the campaign president Jimmy Morales’ principal anti-poverty initiative, a bag of foodstuffs known as “bolsa solidaria”, was handed out in many areas by UNE political operators.  This suggests an alliance between the outgoing FCN party and UNE.  Over seventeen years and one presidency, the UNE party, created to sponsor Torres’ former husbandÁlvaro Arzú [CRLN note: her former husband was Álvaro Colom] unsuccessful 2003 presidential bid, has built a voting base in rural areas where political clientelism dominates communities plagued by extreme levels of poverty.  Analysts also questioned Giammattei’s presidential showing, noting the Vamos party had no structure in the countryside and in the city polled similarly to Cabrera and Mulet.

On February 27 the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) and its counterpart in the Public Prosecutors office, FECI, asked the Supreme Court of Justice to remove Sandra Torres’ political immunity, which derives from her status as a candidate, to face indictment for crimes related to illicit campaign financing during her last presidential bid in 2015.  This impeachment request is currently pending before the Constitutional Court. Torres could still face charges. Guatemalan press revealed that the charges against Torres were held up in the Attorney Generals’ Office until after she had gained immunity by registering as a candidate.

In 2009 Alejandro Giamattei faced charges brought by CICIG, he was accused of participation in death squad activities while he served as National Penitentiary Director in 2005 and 2006. After first seeking asylum in the Honduran embassy during the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti, Giamattei was acquitted in 2011 by Judge Carol Patricia Flores.  Flores is renowned for judicial acrobatics which favor impunity for corruption and crimes against humanity.  In April 2015, CICIG and FECI requested the removal of Flores’ immunity so that she could be investigated for money laundering and illicit enrichment.  Instead she was sanctioned and it was removed from presiding over a high-risk courtroom.

Sandra Torres has also been touched by prison murder scandals.  Her niece was arrested as an accomplice of Marvin “El Taquero” Montiel Marin in the prison murder of Montiel Marin’s rival, Byron Lima, for control of criminal networks in prison.  Montiel Marin is imprisoned convicted of running a drug assassin network responsible for burning a bus, killing all 26 people inside.

In keeping with past elections, TSE reported that approximately 5 million of 8 million registered voters participated and 13% voted null or left their ballots blank.  In the 2015 electoral law time nullified ballots can have legal implications; if over 50% of ballots are annulled the electoral law would mandate repeated elections.

This election was deeply impacted by court decisions.  Torres’ early challenger Zury Rios was removed from the ballot after the Constitutional Court supported the Elections Tribunal’s finding that, as the daughter of military coup author Efrian Rios Montt, Zury Rios is constitutionally barred from the presidency.  Corruption charges generally believed to be politically motivated removed another early front runner from the race, Semilla candidate and former Attorney General Thelma Aldana.  Aldana remains unable to enter Guatemala without arrest.  Mario Estrada, a lower polling candidate but who represented a significant party, UCN, was arrested in Miami on drug trafficking charges on April 17.  Despite the scandal, UCN won twelve seats in Congress.

Left-leaning opposition parties made the strongest showing since the 1950 elections spurred a CIA backed coup that led to decades of extreme violence directed against any opposition to the business-military alliance that ruled the country.  Parties identified with social demands and anti-corruption platforms took 15 seats in Congress; Semilla (7), Winaq (4), MLP (1) and URNG (3).  In the previous congress, they held thirteen seats; URNG- Winaq (3), Convergencia (3), and Encuentro por Guatemala (7).  Nineth Montenegro, human rights activist and congresswoman since 1996, was not re-elected.  Her party, Encuentro por Guatemala, did not win any seats and according to reforms in the electoral law, will cease to exist. Winaq candidate Aldo Davila on Sunday became the first openly gay man elected to congress. Sandra Moran was the first openly gay woman when she won a congressional seat in the 2015 elections on the Convergencia ticket.  She did not seek re-election. Convergencia did not win any seats in congress and will face a similar fate as Encuentro por Guatemala.

TSE results divide the remaining congressional seats between fifteen small, right wing parties.  Like UNE, they generally appear to have ties to corruption and drug trafficking networks, but are more strongly allied with the military, which seeks protection from prosecution for crimes against humanity.  Giamattei’s VAMOS party won 16 seats, while current president Jimmy Morales’ FCN party took only 7 seats.  Zury Rios’ VALOR party won 9 seats. The Humanista party, whose presidential candidate Edmund Mulet took third place with just over 11% of the vote, won 4 seats in Congress. Mulet was accused of collaborating in a child trafficking ring in the early 1980s. Mulet’s newly formed party’s founders came from the government of former President Alfonso Portillo, who served a prison sentence in New York for financial crimes. Portillo’s attempted bid for Congress was barred by electoral laws, his party, BIEN, won 8 seats.

The most significant incident reported at the polls on election day was the arrest of former General Luis Enrique Mendoza Garcia, the father-in-law of Estuardo Galdamez, presidential candidate for the governing FCN party who garnered just 4% of the vote.  General Mendoza Garcia, arrested Salama, Baja Verapaz, is charged with participating in acts of genocide against Maya Ixil communities between 1982-83.  Galdamez, a congressman representing El Quiche, also served as a military officer in the Ixil area during the genocide.  Maya community leaders and authorities from El Quiche reported with concern that during his campaign Galdamez sought to revive networks of military and former civil patrollers by promising payments to war veterans and demanding impunity for crimes against humanity committed by the military against a largely civilian population in the 1970 and 1980s.  Galdamez and seven fellow congressmen are accused of working with then Vice President Roxana Baldetti to pay fellow congressional representatives for votes on law proposals.

At least two candidates were murdered during campaigns, a mayorial candidate with the FUERZA party and a municipal corporation candidate with MLP.  The MLP also reported the murder of two campaign committee members in the Peten department.  The MLP killings are the latest in a series of murders that target successful Maya-led political projects. Thelma Cabrera represented the newly formed MLP party, the political arm of CODECA, a grassroots indigenous campesino community development organization.  A second successful community development organization, CCDA, brought important support to the Convergencia party. CCDA’s former National Coordinator, Leocadio Juracan, was a high profile congressman who from congress visibly promoted indigenous and campesino rights.

Last year, as planning for campaigns began, CODECA reported that six local leaders were murdered; the CCDA reported three. In 2019, CODECA reported the murder of a community organizer. All of these killings remain in impunity.  Cabrera’s relative success has caused reactions from the business sector. Juan Carlos Telef, president of Guatemala’s largest business association, CACIF,expressed concern that someone with Thelma Cabrera’s political perspectives could gain 10% of the vote.

Given Cabrera’s successful campaign, the increased show in congress, and the violence against MLP, CODECA and CCDA, it is concerning that attacks against parties with strong indigenous and campesino ties could increase in coming years.


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More than a month after the murder of Honduran indigenous Lenca activist Berta Cáceres, the Honduran investigation into the crime has gone nowhere. CRLN believes that both the Honduran government and the U.S. State Department are blocking attempts by Berta’s family and human rights groups to transfer the investigation to an international team with no conflicts of interest in the case who could ensure justice.

Berta’s family insists it does not trust Honduran officials to investigate her murder and have called for an

independent, international investigation coordinated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

and whose conclusions would lead to a court case to try those responsible.  Honduran law states that the family can have access to the case file and consult with experts of its choosing, but the state prosecutor’s office has refused to share information with them and has ignored their requests for experts to be present at various moments in the investigation. The sole witness to the crime, Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro, says that Honduran investigators modified the crime scene and sought to intimidate him into incriminating members of Berta’s organization, COPINH. Honduras’ 98% impunity rate is also grounds for mistrust.

President Juan Orlando Hernández claimed that Honduran investigators were working with the FBI to solve the crime. CRLN members and staff who called the State Department to ask it to support an IACHR investigation were also told that the FBI was working with Honduran investigators. However,

it turns out that this is not true

. Given the U.S. record of support for the current Honduran administration, in spite of massive government corruption uncovered last year and its abysmal human rights record, FBI help might not be what is needed anyway.

President Hernández also called on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for help, but as the family and human rights groups quickly pointed out, this office does not conduct investigations, just observes. Finally, President Hernández agreed that the Organization of American States (OAS)’s Commission Against Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH, for its Spanish acronym)  could make an investigation. However, that body is only consultative, and the Honduran government has no obligation to enforce its recommendations. The U.S. State Department agrees, however, that MACCIH is the proper channel for the investigation.

It seems clear that both Honduras and the U.S. are primarily engaged in public relations and damage control around Berta’s murder, not interested in finding the material and intellectual authors of her death. Both are interested in at worst destroying, at best keeping the lid on, social movements which disrupt the ability of corporate extractive industries to do their business. That business is protected by both private security guards and the

Honduran military and police, heavily funded by the U.S

., who are deployed against activists, like Berta and many others, in the social movements. COFADEH, the most prominent human rights organization in Honduras, is talking about the

activity of death squads

again.

Berta’s daughters and son have returned from meetings in the DC area, disappointed at not getting official U.S. support for an IACHR investigation. They have returned to Honduras, where they will participate in an International Solidarity event called “Berta Cáceres Vive” [Berta Cáceres lives] April 13-15, organized by COPINH, the organization their mother co-founded. As U.S. citizens, the ball is in our court now. Stay tuned for next steps as CRLN and other organizations concerned about Honduras identify strategies to prompt a credible investigation into Berta’s death.

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Berta Caceres’ Case

COPINH denounces the continous will of the Honduran State to keep in impunity the case of Berta Cáceres Flores. Read their statement here: (Spanish only)

http://copinhonduras.blogspot.it/2017/04/el-copinh-denuncia-la-reiterada.html

On April 7th,

Two letters by US Senators and Representatives were sent to the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing their concern about the situation of human right defenders in Honduras.

78 US politicians demand that military and police aid to Honduras be withheld until the situation for human rights defenders improves drastically in the country.

CRLN staff and board members participated, in a Voz de los de Abajo delegation in March, as human rights observers in a march by COPINH and its allies to the Supreme Court. They delivered a letter containing a constitutional challenge to the legality of the Legislative Decrees authorizing the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project on the Gualcarque River, something Berta had wanted to do before she was killed. That was March 1, and the Constitutional Chamber has not yet admitted it for consideration by the Supreme Court.

*Karla Lara and Melissa Cardoza, feminists, social justice organizers in Honduras and close friends of Berta Caceres, are doing a US tour April 20th to May 23rd.

Melissa Cardoza’s book,


13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance,
tells thirteen stories of women who joined the resistance to the U.S.-backed 2009 coup d’etat. She will be touring along with her fellow member of the Honduran “Red de Defensoras,” or network of women rights defenders, beloved Honduran jazz/folk protest singer

Karla Lara,

who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice in the resistance.

They will be in Chicago with CRLN on April 30th, Join Us.

Read more about Karla and Melissa and their work here.

2017 National Elections

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) is an ally of the Juan Orlando government, by letting him run for the 2017 elections, despite that re-election is prohibited by the Honduran constitution. Now, the TSE wants to forbid the Party Against Corruption (PAC), a major opposition party, from the national elections on November. The TSE wants PAC to hold an internal leadership election on May 21ST. However, this date will give the political opposition just four days to decide on a political alliance- making it extremely hard to form such alliance. By May 25, all alliances must be officially listed.

Garifuna and Indigenous Communities

The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples,

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, visited Honduras from April 16-21st.

She met with the highest national governmental authorities, representatives of indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Her first visit to the country was in November 2015

. This second visit was a follow up on observations and recommendations regarding the process to regulate the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous and Afro-Honduran peoples. She presented recommendations to the Honduran government, and many fear that these

recommendations will be ignored once again.

The Honduran government is currently drafting a free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) law. However indigenous organizations, such as OFRANEH (Garifuna) and COPINH (Lenca) , denounce that the government is

marginalizing indigenous communities from the process and instead the Juan Orlando’s administration is taking over.

There has been a

recent violent attack against labor leaders at the international company Fyffes.

Solidarity Center reports that “Moisés Sánchez, secretary general of the melon export branch of the Honduran agricultural workers’ union, Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares (STAS), and his brother, union member Misael Sánchez

, say they were attacked late last week by six men wielding machetes as they left the union office in the southern town of Choluteca

, an area where agricultural workers harvest melons and other export produce”.

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Más de un mes después del asesinato de la activista indígena lenca de Honduras Berta Cáceres, la investigación del crimen por el gobierno de Honduras no ha dado ningún resultado. CRLN cree que tanto el gobierno de Honduras y el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. están bloqueando los intentos de los familiares de Berta y grupos de derechos humanos para transferir la investigación a un equipo internacional con ningún conflicto de intereses en el caso que pudiera garantizar la justicia.

La familia de Berta insiste en que no confía en las autoridades Hondureñas para investigar el asesinato y han pedido una investigación independiente e internacional coordinada por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) y cuyas conclusiones podrían conducir a un caso judicial para juzgar a los responsables. La legislación hondureña establece que la familia puede tener acceso al expediente del caso y a consultar a expertos de su elección, pero la oficina del Fiscal del Estado de Honduras se ha negado a compartir información con ellos y ha ignorado sus peticiones de que expertos estén presentes en diversos momentos de la investigación. El único testigo del crimen, el ecologista mexicano Gustavo Castro, dice que los investigadores hondureños modificaron la escena del crimen y trataron de intimidarlo para que incriminar a miembros de la organización de Berta, COPINH. La tasa de impunidad de Honduras (98%) es también motivo de desconfianza.

El presidente Juan Orlando Hernández afirmó que los investigadores hondureños estaban trabajando con el FBI para resolver el crimen. Los miembros de CRLN y el personal que llamaron al Departamento de Estado para pedir apoyo para una investigación dirigida por CIDH, también se les dijo que el FBI estaba trabajando con los investigadores hondureños. Dado el historial de EE.UU. al dar apoyo a la administración actual de Honduras, a pesar de la corrupción masiva del gobierno descubierta el año pasado, y su pésimo historial de derechos humanos, la ayuda del FBI podría no ser lo que se necesita de todos modos.

El Presidente Hernández también llamó a La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH)  en busca de ayuda, pero como los familiares y grupos de derechos humanos señalaron rápidamente, esta oficina no lleva a cabo investigaciones, simplemente observa. Por último, el presidente Hernández acordó que la Misión de Apoyo Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras (MACCIH) de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) pudiera hacer una investigación. Sin embargo, dicho organismo es solamente consultivo, y el gobierno de Honduras no tiene la obligación de hacer cumplir sus recomendaciones. El Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. está de acuerdo, sin embargo, que MACCIH es el canal adecuado para la investigación.

Parece claro que tanto Honduras como los EE.UU. cuyas actividades consisten principalmente en relaciones públicas y control de daños en torno a la muerte de Berta, no están interesados en encontrar a los responsables intelectuales de su muerte. Ambos están interesados en destruir y en mantener la tapa sobre los movimientos sociales, que interrumpen la capacidad de las industrias extractivas corporativas para hacer sus negocios. Ese negocio está protegido por guardias privados de seguridad y los militares hondureños y la policía, en gran medida financiados por los EE.UU., los cuales se despliegan contra los activistas, como Berta y muchos otros, en los movimientos sociales. COFADEH, la organización más prominente de los derechos humanos en Honduras, está hablando otra vez de la actividad de los escuadrones de la muerte.

Las hijas y el hijo de Berta han regresado de reuniones en el área de DC, decepcionados por no conseguir el apoyo oficial de EE.UU. para una investigación dirigida por CIDH. Han regresado a Honduras, donde van a participar en un evento internacional de solidaridad, denominado “Berta Cáceres Vive” del 13 al 15 de abril organizado por el COPINH, la organización que su madre co-fundó.

Como ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, la pelota está en nuestra cancha ahora. Manténgase en sintonía para los próximos pasos  que CRLN y otras organizaciones preocupadas por Honduras toman para impulsar una investigación creíble sobre la muerte de Berta.

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  • Caso de Berta Caceres

COPINH denuncia la reiterada voluntad del Estado hondureño de mantener en la impunidad el caso de Berta Cáceres Flores. Lea su declaración aquí: (en español solamente).

http://copinhonduras.blogspot.it/2017/04/el-copinh-denuncia-la-reiterada.html

El 7 de abril, dos cartas de parte de Senadores y Representantes de los Estados Unidos fueron enviadas al Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores de los Estados Unidos, Rex Tillerson,

expresando su preocupación por la situación de los defensores de derechos humanos en Honduras.

78 políticos estadounidenses exigen que la ayuda militar y policial a Honduras sea retenida hasta que la situación de los defensores de derechos humanos mejore drásticamente en el país.

Parte del personal y miembros de CRLN participaron en una delegación de La Voz de los de Abajo en marzo, como observadores de derechos humanos en una marcha de COPINH y sus aliados ante la Corte Suprema de Honduras. Entregaron una carta que contenía una impugnación constitucional a la legalidad de los Decretos Legislativos que autorizaba el Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca en el Río Gualcarque, algo que Berta había querido hacer antes de ser asesinada. Eso fue el 1 de marzo, y la Sala Constitucional aún no lo ha admitido para la consideración por el Tribunal Supremo.

* Karla Lara y Melissa Cardoza, feministas, organizadoras de justicia social en Honduras y amigas cercanas de Berta Cáceres, están realizando una gira estadounidense del 20 de abril al 23 de mayo. El libro de Melissa Cardoza, 13 Colores de la Resistencia Hondureña, cuenta trece historias de mujeres que se unieron a la resistencia después del golpe de Estado del 2009 respaldado por Estados Unidos. Ella estará de gira junto con su compañera de la Red de Defensoras de Honduras, Karla Lara,  la amada cantante hondureña de jazz y folk , que aparece en una de las historias del libro y ha sido un icono y voz de la resistencia.

Estarán en Chicago con CRLN el 30 de abril, únase a nosotros.

Lea más sobre Karla y Melissa y su trabajo

aquí.

Elecciones Nacionales del 2017

El Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) es un aliado del gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández, al permitirle ser parte de las elecciones del 2017, a pesar de que la reelección está prohibida por la Constitución hondureña. Ahora, el TSE quiere prohibir el Partido Anti-Corrupción (PAC), un importante partido de la oposición, de las elecciones nacionales de noviembre. El TSE quiere que el PAC celebre elecciones de liderazgo interno el 21 de mayo. Sin embargo, esta fecha dará a la oposición política sólo cuatro días para decidir sobre una alianza política, lo que hace extremadamente difícil formar esa alianza. Para el 25 de mayo, todas las alianzas deben estar listadas oficialmente.

Comunidades Indigenas

La Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre Pueblos Indígenas, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, visitó Honduras del 16 al 21 de abril. Se reunió con las más altas autoridades gubernamentales nacionales, representantes de los pueblos indígenas, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y el sector privado. Su primera visita al país fue en noviembre de 2015. Esta segunda visita fue un seguimiento de las observaciones y recomendaciones sobre el proceso para regular el consentimiento libre, previo e informado de los pueblos indígenas y afro hondureños. Ella presentó recomendaciones al gobierno hondureño,

y muchos temen que estas recomendaciones sean ignoradas una vez más.

El gobierno hondureño está actualmente redactando una ley de consentimiento libre, previo e informado (CLPI). Sin embargo, organizaciones indígenas, como OFRANEH (Garifuna) y COPINH (Lenca),

denuncian que el gobierno está marginando a las comunidades indígenas del proceso

y en su lugar la administración de Juan Orlando está tomando el liderazgo.

Ha habido un reciente ataque violento contra líderes sindicales en la empresa internacional Fyffes. El Centro de Solidaridad informa que “Moisés Sánchez, secretario general de la rama exportadora de melón del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares (STAS), y su hermano, sindicalista Misael Sánchez, dicen que fueron atacados la semana pasada por seis hombres con machetes mientras salían de la oficina sindical en Choluteca al Sur del pais, donde los trabajadores agrícolas cosechan melones y otros productos de exportación “.

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Family members of Berta Caceres found out May 2 only through the media that 4 arrests had been made in connection with her murder.  While Honduran law gives victims of crimes the right to participate in investigations and to receive ongoing information as the investigation proceeds, Berta’s relatives have been entirely shut out of the process, even to the extent of not receiving notification of the arrests from the Attorney General’s office.

The family does not trust that the arrests made are the result of thorough evidence gathered and are concerned that there are no particular charges relating to what each suspect actually did and that they all have denied involvement in this crime.  The family also points out that the intellectual authors of the crime have not been arrested or charged. They continue to ask for the participation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and for the right to receive information about Berta’s case from the Attorney General’s office.

You will find below the family’s statement enumerating their concerns.


English:

Findings By the Attorney General’s Office Regarding the Assassination of Berta Cáceres Are Insufficient

Findings By the Attorney General’s Office Regarding the Assassination of Berta Cáceres Are Insufficient



Spanish:

Hallazgos del ministerio público sobre asesinato de Berta Cáceres son insuficientes


http://bertacaceres.org/es/findings-by-the-attorney-generals-office-regarding-the-assassination-of-berta-caceres-are-insufficient

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OFRANEH

, 25 de mayo: Marcha de las mujeres indígenas y negras en Tegucigalpa, exigiendo un alto a la criminalización y el enjuiciamiento de las defensoras de derechos humanos y #JusticiaparaBertaCaceres)

En marzo de 2017,

Global Witness publicó un informe

que nombraba a Honduras como el país más peligroso del mundo para los defensores de derechos humanos y medioambientales. Esto causó conmoción en el gobierno hondureño y los medios de comunicación, especialmente por la participación de funcionarios gubernamentales en empresas transnacionales y proyectos de desarrollo. Unos días más tarde, dos miembros del personal de CRLN y un miembro de la Junta Directiva viajaron a Honduras en una delegación de La Voz de los de Abajo. Se unieron a muchos visitantes internacionales, organizaciones y otras delegaciones en el país para actos de conmemoración del primer aniversario de la muerte de Berta Cáceres. Nuestra delegación vio y habló directamente con defensores de derechos humanos, líderes de comunidades indígenas, obreros, campesinos, miembros de la oposición y estudiantes que explicaron el peligro de defender sus derechos en Honduras. El siguiente informe refleja las demandas y peligros descritos en el reporte de Global Witness y lo que escuchamos en nuestra delegación en marzo de las comunidades afectadas. En Honduras,

como en toda América Latina

, ser un defensor ambiental y de derechos humanos es un gran peligro.


El representante de OFRANEH y líder Garifuna, Cesar Geovany Bernárdez, fue detenido el 18 de mayo y acusado de usurpación o posesión ilegal de tierra por el empresario canadiense Patrick Forseth de CARIVIDA.

Cesar Geovany Bernárdez fue acusado de usurpar tierras que se encuentran dentro del título comunitario otorgado a la comunidad garífuna de Guadalupe. La delegación de La Voz de los de Abajo se reunió con Cesar y otros líderes garífunas en el área de Barra Vieja en Marzo. Los líderes garífunas hablaron con la delegación sobre cómo han estado luchando contra las ventas ilegales de tierras de sus comunidades a proyectos de desarrollo estadounidenses y canadienses. Su comunidad ha estado rodeada de guardias privados, militares y cercas.

CARIVIDA Villas

, un proyecto canadiense de desarrollo turístico y de vivienda, está ilegalmente en posesión de tierras garífunas y obtuvo los documentos de propiedad de tierras, así como las órdenes de captura de Geovany mediante corrupción y abuso de autoridad con la ayuda del gobierno hondureño. Geovany fue puesto en libertad al día siguiente; Sin embargo, se le dieron medidas sustantivas, lo que significa que su libertad está restringida. Tiene que firmar con frecuencia ante un juez en Trujillo y no se le permite salir del país, entre otras restricciones.

OFRANEH publicó una declaración que concluye

: “Una vez mas ratificamos y denunciamos que las comunidades Garífunas de la Bahia de Trujillo, afectadas por los proyectos turísticos y habitacionales de la mafia canadiense, nunca fueron consultadas para obtener su consentimiento previo, libre e informado; violando de esta forma el Convenio 169 de la OIT.”

Además,

la criminalización de los campesinxs continúa en la región sur de Honduras.

Defensores en Línea informan que el campesino y pescador Julio César Canales Torres fue detenido el 14 de mayo por usurpación de tierras.


Actualización del caso de Berta Cáceres

El 17 de mayo, el equipo legal que representa a Berta Cáceres y su familia denunció ante el Ministerio Público de Tegucigalpa la irregularidad con que se está llevando a cabo la investigación y proceso judicial de su asesinato. Al equipo legal de la familia se le ha negado repetidamente el acceso a la información sobre el caso. Por ejemplo, habia una audiencia programada para el caso de Berta el 24 de mayo; Sin embargo, el equipo legal que representa a su familia tuvo que pedir por segunda vez que se posponga la audiencia, ya que la información necesaria no fue entregada a tiempo a los abogados. La audiencia está ahora programada para el 7 de junio.

La delegación se reunió con la hija de Berta Cáceres y con COPINH, que exigen una investigación independiente de su asesinato y que los autores intelectuales sean llevados ante la justicia.


Trabajadores

Empleadas de Delta despedidas

“Entre los días 5 y 7 de abril de 2017, Delta Apparel, con sede en Estados Unidos, despidió a más de 40 trabajadores que sufren de lesiones músculo-esqueléticas debilitantes en su fábrica de Villanueva, Cortés, Honduras. 25 de los 40 trabajadores se han negado a aceptar los asentamientos y están exigiendo que Delta Apparel les devuelva su trabajo “.


Por favor lea aquí

, acerca de cómo puede apoyar a las 25 empleadas despedidas a recuperar su trabajo y exigir que Delta US Apparel deje de exponer a sus trabajadores a lesiones y factores de riesgo para la salud.


Campesinxs se declararon en huelga contra Tela Railroad Company

Más de 2.000 campesinxs hondureñxs se apoderaron de diez granjas durante 17 días pertenecientes a la Tela Railroad Company, una compañia sucesora de la ahora disuelta United Fruit Company. Los campesinxs exigían mejores condiciones de salud y de trabajo. Después de 17 días de huelga, la empresa y los trabajadores llegaron a un acuerdo. Sin embargo,

como informa Radio Progreso

, los riesgos para la salud y los peligros de trabajar en el campo y con productos químicos continúan para los campesinxs.


Elecciones de noviembre de 2017

Al acercarse las elecciones de 2017, la Alianza de Oposición, formada por partidos políticos de oposición , incluido el Partido Anticorrupción (PAC) y LIBRE, eligió a Salvador Nasralla como candidato para representar a la oposición en las elecciones de 2017.


Informe sobre asesinatos de la DEA en Ahuas, Honduras




The Center for Economic and Policy Research explica:




Un nuevo

informe

de las Oficinas del Inspector General (OIG) del Departamento de Justicia (DJ) y el Departamento de Estado (DE) de los EEUU afirma que agentes de la Administración para el Control de Drogas estadounidense (DEA, por sus siglas en inglés) se encontraban bajo control operacional durante un

incidente notorio en Ahuas

, Honduras, en mayo de 2012, en el que cuatro campesinos miskitu fueron asesinados y otros tres gravemente heridos. La evidencia encontrada contradice

anteriores declaraciones

de oficiales de la DEA según las cuales sus agentes jugaron tan solo un rol de “apoyo” en el incidente, “no dispararon una sola ráfaga”, siendo “la conducta del personal de la DEA consistente con los protocolos, políticas y procedimientos vigentes de la agencia”.

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