PBI-Honduras accompanies National Union of Rural Workers on an environmental march
On June 5, the PBI – Honduras Project accompanied the CNTC (the National Union of Rural Workers) on a march in La Paz to mark the international day of the environment.
PBI-Honduras notes, “Approximately 500 people from different organizations and backgrounds gathered at this peaceful demonstration for the protection of the land and the environment.”
The CNTC, which was founded in 1985, is a small-scale farming and trade union organization that fights for the distribution of land. It is affiliated to the Unitary Confederation of Honduran Workers (CUTH) and is part of La Vía Campesina – Honduras.
On May 27, PBI-Honduras observed the forum where the “cultivate without risk” campaign was launched.
The CNTC participated in that meeting.
The newspaper La Tribuna has reported (in Spanish), “Currently the situation in agriculture is dramatic, because there is food insecurity, there is no good winter, there is repression, there is climate change and hunger, among other difficulties.”
Last month, PBI-Honduras also accompanied the CNTC to observe the court appearance of five of its members accused of illegally occupying their land. For lack of evidence, all received a definitive dismal of the charges.
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has noted, “Since the coup [in 2009], peasants have suffered from increased repression, with death squads threatening and assassinating hundreds of campesinos while palm oil and hydroelectric companies accumulate land by dispossession.”
The environmental and human rights organization Global Witness has stated, “Nowhere on earth are you more likely to be killed for protesting the theft of land and destruction of the natural world than Honduras.”
PBI-Honduras has been accompanying the CNTC since May 2018.