Rio Blanco Dam: Honduran Rights Defenders to be Jailed while Transnational Investors are Above the Law

Rio Blanco Dam: Honduran Rights Defenders to be Jailed while Transnational Investors are Above the Law

For over a hundred years, outsiders have attempted to take the bountiful Lenca lands on the shores of the Gualcarque River and their communities have resisted. But last year, national and international investors in a hydroelectric dam project moved in to steal the communities’ land. Now three grassroots – Berta Caceres, Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina – could go to jail.

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US Special Operations Command Trained Military Unit Accused of Death Squad Killings in Honduras

US Special Operations Command Trained Military Unit Accused of Death Squad Killings in Honduras

Since January 2010, there has been a constant stream of killings of members of land rights, campesino movements in the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras. At least 88 campesino movement members and supporters have been killed, along with five bystanders apparently mistaken for campesinos. Most recently, on Feb. 16 two campesinos were killed–Santos Jacobo Cartagena was gunned down while waiting for a bus, and Jose Trejo, an outspoken advocate for the investigation of his brother’s Sept. 22, 2012 murder, was shot while driving.

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