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Honduran Supreme Court Upholds Most Sweeping Ban on Emergency Contraception Anywhere

February 29, 2012

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by Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief, RH Reality Check The Honduras Supreme Court has cemented the fate of women trying to avoid unintended pregnancy–whether from unprotected sex, contraceptive failure, or rape–by upholding what is currently the strictest ban on emergency contraception in the world. The absolute ban would criminalize the sale, distribution, and use of […]

Position of the National Coalition of Environmental and Social Networks regarding the Honduran National Congress’ proposed new Mining and Hydrocarbon Law

February 29, 2012

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Gathered in Tegucigalpa, the capital of the Republic of Honduras, to analyze the proposed general law on mining and hydrocarbons that has been elaborated by a commission of the National Congress, the below-signed civil society organizations make the following statement: 1. We express our disagreement with the way in which more than 50% of the […]

Two Activists Receive Death Threats

February 27, 2012

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Two human rights activists in the Lower Aguán region in Honduras received a death threat on 22 February. Wilfredo Paz is the spokesperson of the Permanent Observatory of Human Rights in the Aguán (Observatorio Permanente de Derechos Humanos del Aguán), a group that monitors human rights violations in the Aguán region. He is also a […]

Honduras: Our Continuing Catastrophe

February 18, 2012

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Honduras has become a human rights disaster. The country now has the world’s highest murder rate. And impunity for political violence is the norm. For all this, the United States deserves a good deal of the blame. I was pleased to see the New York Times recently publish a hard-hitting op-ed by Dana Frank that […]

Delegation Report: Standard Fruit Uses the Army & Police to Attack Campesinos

February 18, 2012

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A La Voz de los de Abajo delegation of 8 people is in Honduras (February 14-22) to accompany the campesino movement and to support the Internacional Encuentro por los Derecho Humanos en Aguan February 17-19. We are traveling with compañeros and compañeras from the National Center for Rural Workers (CNTC) and will be sharing ourexperiences and the stories of […]

Honduras in Flames

February 16, 2012

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by Dana Frank Tuesday night, February 14, at least 357 prisoners died in a fire at La Granja penitentiary in Comayagua, Honduras, in one of the worst prison fires in the past century. The fire, though, is only the latest deadly outcome of the larger politically-driven firestorm that is Honduras today. The Comayagua fire must […]

Comayagua prison fire killed 355 – Honduras officials

February 16, 2012

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Honduras has begun the grim task of identifying the victims of Tuesday’s prison fire, that is now known to have killed 355 people. Lorries took the bodies from the jail in Comayagua to the mortuary in Tegucigalpa, 100km (60 miles) away. Relatives have travelled to the capital to wait to recover the remains of their […]