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U.S. Military Aid Fuels a Human Rights Crisis in Honduras

June 15, 2012

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We approach three young Honduran soldiers who stand outside a military post in Guadalupe Carney, a rural community in Honduras’ Aguan Valley. Two are 19 and one is 20. Dressed in military garb the oldest wears an automatic weapon on his chest. Sporting vests and name-tags and armed only with cameras and notebooks, we cautiously […]

Our Hope Is in Our Struggle: Reclaiming Land and Life in Honduras

May 8, 2012

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By Lauren Elliott and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds | Report “Land, well, it’s our first mother. For us farmers, we don’t have life without land. That’s the reason we’re in this struggle.” – Consuelo Castillo In Honduras, as in most places, the government and the wealthy treat land as a commodity. In pursuit of the profits it […]

Five Killed in Honduras Land Dispute

April 16, 2012

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TEGUCIGALPA – An ongoing struggle over land in the Caribbean coastal province of Colon claimed five more lives this week, Honduran police said Friday. Three employees of agribusiness firm Quimicas Dinant, owned by mogul Miguel Facusse, were fatally shot on Thursday while driving between the towns of Olanchito and Saba, the National Police said in […]

Honduran campesinos in the crosshairs

April 6, 2012

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The US government and multilateral institutions must demand an end to the human rights abuses surrounding land disputes. Springfield, MA – Honduras now claims the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of the world as drug trafficking and gangs play an undeniable role in the violence plaguing the small central American country. However, there […]

4 farmworkers killed, 11 wounded by attackers in area Honduras torn by conflict over land

March 29, 2012

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A union leader in Honduras says four farmworkers have been shot to death by assailants in a region torn by a dispute over land. Farmworkers union vice president Juan Chinchilla says 11 others were wounded when the group was ambushed late Thursday in the town of Trujillo. Chinchilla says the workers were […]

Thirteen leaders of MUCA detained

February 3, 2012

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COPINH alerts the national and international community of new arbitrary actions of the national police in Honduras that put the physical integrity of 13 leaders of the Movimiento Unificado Campesino del Aguan (Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán), MUCA, who were detained tonight at 9:50pm. This acion was taken by police who maintain a police checkpoint in […]

The War Against Peasant Farmers Heats Up in Honduras

February 3, 2012

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“There is a war here in the Aguán,” says Juan, surveying the distant fields of African palm from the vantage point of his recently planted field of beans and corn. A young Honduran farmer, wearing a beaten cowboy hat and a bandana bearing the name “National Front for Popular Resistance,” Juan lives in an encampment […]