International Orgs Warn:The State of Honduras Must Guarantee Judicial Independence, Impartiality

We, the international organizations signing below, would like to express our severe indignation regarding the three most recent murders of peasants in the context of the agrarian conflict in Bajo Aguán.

The small-scale food producer Gregorio Chávez Arando, 69 years old, active member of the Catholic Church, disappeared from his parcel on July 2. On July 6, his body was found buried in the Paso Aguán estate, which is under the control of the businessman and palm oil producer Miguel Facussé.

On July 7, Jacobo Erazo López, member of MUCA (Movimiento Unificado Campesino de Aguán) and ex-director of the Tranvía business, of the La Confianza settlement, was captured and shot to death by unknown persons as he was going to work in the Quebrada de Arena community. José Luis Dubón Diaz, also a member of MUCA, was murdered in la Ceibita close to the Lempira settlement on Sunday, July 8.

Including these most recent murders, 51 people related to or affiliated with the peasant organizations, and a journalist and his partner, have been murdered since 2009 within the context of the agrarian conflict afflicting this region. Furthermore, a peasant man has been missing since May 15, 2011.

During recent years, international organizations have been constantly monitoring the situation in Bajo Aguán, inter alia, through an international fact finding mission on human rights in Bajo Aguán, conducted in March 2011and the international public hearing on the human rights situation in Bajo Aguán, held on May 28 in Tocoá, Colón.2

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Honduras : Another farmers killed!

Honduras, La Esperanza, Intibuca, May 16, 2012

Approximately 2 hours ago today, Wednesday May 16, 2012 we are informed that another campesino has been assassinated in Lower Aguan. The name of murdered campesino is Juan Jose Peralta, approximately 60 years old, the names of another two campesinos who were wounded are unknown; they were transferred to the hospital in Tocoa, Colon.

The violent act occurred around 9 am in the sector of Taujica close to the La Confianza cooperative when the campesinos were in a vehicle carrying a load of firewood they were attacked by suspected security guards.

URGENT Alert - May 16, 2012 - COPINH
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) alerts the public that in these morning hours of May 16, a convoy of army and police units are arriving at the community of Lavanderos in the ancestral Tolupan territory. This community has maintained a history struggle for the defense of its territory and forest that ancestrally belong to this people. In recent days the loggers have pressured the community in order to put into action management plans approved by the State of Honduras without community consent and out of compliance with Agreement 169 of the Indigenous Peoples signed by the State. Yesterday tensions grew and today, as is recently usually the case in indigenous territories where they struggle to protect natural resources, the armed forceds and police have arrived in the zone for which we fear for the safety of the people.

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Intervention Africa Mthombeni at the UN Human Right Council

14 March 2012

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The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), along with La Via Campesina congratulate the work of the UN Advisory Committee, especially on establishing the groundwork for the promotion and protection of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

We all know that hunger is not a natural disaster but, as stated by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Shutter, hunger “is primarily the result of political factors that condemn small farmers, the main victims of hunger, to poverty. These factors include insufficient access to land, water and credit; poor organisation of local markets; lack of infrastructure; and lack of bargaining power against an increasingly concentrated agro-industrial sector”.

Today some 952 million people throughout the world suffer chronic hunger, 80 per cent of them live in rural areas. 50 per cent of the world’s hungry are smallholder farmers, 20 per cent are landless families who survive as tenant farmers or poorly paid agricultural laborers.

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