Human Rights

Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras statement on assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía

2016-07-18-Lesbia.jpgStatement from the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras in response to the assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, member of COPINH

(Tegucigalpa, June 7th, 2016) It is with great sadness that the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras informs the national and international community of the assassination of our sister and comrade Lesbia Yaneth Urquía of the municipality of Marcala, La Paz, who was 49 years old, a member of COPINH, and the mother of two daughters and a son.

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) has published the following statement:

Lesbia Yaneth was an outstanding community leader whose ties to COPINH date from the time of the protests against the 2009 coup d’état. She was active in the defence of natural resources and indigenous rights, in opposition to the construction of the hydro-electric dam Aurora I in the municipality of San José, La Paz – a project to which Gladys Aurora López, the president of the National Party (Partido Nacional) and vice-president of the National Congress, is directly linked.

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Appeal to the world's free people: UAWC condemns the killing of Berta Cáceres

Afiche Berta EN - copia.png15 June 2016: The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) has received the alarming news of the murdering of Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), who lost her life for the sake of the right of Honduran peoples to their full sovereignty over their own lands; she lost her life while she was struggling against transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects. We have also known that Cáceres is not alone, the politically killings and death threats have increased against all human right defender in Honduras and all over the world!

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Berta Cáceres

A wake-up call to the world; there is no more time left!

Afiche Berta EN - copia.pngIn the early morning of March 3rd, 2016, our sister in struggle Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), was assassinated. 

On numerous occasions, Berta Cáceres had expressed her opposition to the present government’s disastrous policies regarding natural resource concessions. She had also spoken out against the actions of transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects on the natural resources of the  indigenous peoples.

In response to her struggle against these foreign companies and their destruction of natural resources, the Honduran government itself subjected Berta Cáceres to punitive measures,

Nevertheless, when she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmenal Prize for her defence of her country’s natural resources, the whole world recognised Berta Cáceres’ courage as a human rights defender. See the video here.

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UAWC Statement on World Environment Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpegA statement issued by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees On the occasion of World Environment Day and the anniversary of the 1967 occupation

(Ramallah, June 5, 2016) - Coinciding with the 49th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sinai, and the Golan Heights, the World today reviving the World Environment Day; World Environment Day was first established to be celebrated every year by running some effective campaigns by the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the conference on Human Environment in Swedish capital Stockholm in 1972.

The World Environment Day works as true inspiration for many countries, institutions and individuals around the world to start true activities to prevent the escalation of damage to the natural systems. In essence, the United Nations used to revive the World Environment Day under a slogan that works as a central theme of all conferences, seminars and workshops that concerned about creating a suitable world for the Human.

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MST-Goiás statement on the policy of harassment against fighters for agrarian reform

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-12-LOGO_MST_OFICIAL.jpg(Brazil, June 2, 2016) The MST in Goiás state is publicly denouncing the escalation of repression against the struggle for land. On Monday May 30, the intellectual and activist for agrarian reform Jose Valdir Misnerovicz who was in Veranópolis, in Rio Grande do Sul, was surprised by a coordinated operation by the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Sul and Goiás for his arrest. This fact is in addition to the imprisonment of the landless worker Luiz Batista Borges who is a prisoner in the Provisional Detention Center in Rio Verde since April 14, a target of the same process that seeks to criminalize  the MST, framing it as a criminal organization based in law 12.850 / 2013.

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Honduras: Statement from the CLOC-La Via Campesina Central America in reaction to the increasing criminalisation of the peasant movement

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-18-Honduras_reunin_Mayo.jpg(Tegucigalpa, May 17th, 2016)  Having made a thorough analysis of the social situation in Honduras, particularly with regard to the peasant and indigenous movements, the Political Coordination Committee of the CLOC-La Vía Campesina Central America, composed of representatives from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, meeting together in Tegucigalpa, issued the following statement: 

1.- We are Central American women and men who share the ideals that inspired the struggles of Francisco Morazán Quezada and other Central American heroes, ideals which include the full integration of the Central American region.

2.- We are extremely troubled by the repeated violations of the human rights of thousands of peasants, indigenous women and men, and Afro-Hondurans. Problems over land ownership and use have resulted in the criminalisation of more than 5,000 peasant activists, including at least 1,700 women, who have been put on trial because of their activism. Many of them are subjected to systematic persecution, and some 200 women and men peasants have been assassinated.

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MST Statement on the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff

This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespects the will of 54 million voters

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-16-MST_Mayo_12.jpgBrasilia, May 12, 2016

The Landless Workers Movement (MST) publicly expresses its disgust and dissatisfaction regarding the decision of the Senate, this Thursday (12), in admitting the process of impeachment against President Dilma Roussef and temporarily withdrawing her from the post. We are sure, as stated in the text of the case, that the President did not commit any crime with fiscal peddling. If this is to be considered crime, the vice president, Michel Temer, who now assumes as President, and Senator Anastasia, the rapporteur of the process and former governor of Minas Gerais, should also be accused.

This is an institutional and anti-democratic coup that disrespected the will of 54 million voters and was orchestrated by the most conservative sectors of society, particularly the neoliberal business, subservient to the interests of US companies. A coup supported by a permanent campaign of mass media - especially Globo - and by a selective action of the sectors of the judiciary.

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