PBI-Honduras accompanies CEHPRODEC on march in defence of water against mining

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On October 18, the Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project posted, “Yesterday, dozens of member organizations of CONROA (The National Coalition of Environmental Networks and Organizations of Honduras) came to Tegucigalpa to carry out a march rededicating their opposition to mining and making visible their work in defence of water.”

PBI-Honduras adds, “We observed the march through the center of Tegucigalpa, accompanying CEHPRODEC.”

PBI-Honduras has explained that CEHPRODEC (the Honduran Centre for the Promotion of Community Development) is focused on “the defence of human rights, in particular on economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.”

On August 30, PBI-Honduras posted, “Yesterday we accompanied CEHPRODEC to an annual march in which hundreds of people from the communities protested against the extractivism that, they say, threaten the territories and natural resources.”

In early August, PBI-Honduras observed with CEHPRODEC a census in the community of Namasigüe in the department of Choluteca intended to support a more open consultation on future mining and solar project concessions in the area.

In March, PBI-Honduras accompanied alongside CEHPRODEC and C-Libre (the Committee for Freedom of Expression) the trial of 13 water defenders from Guapinol opposed to a mine on their territory that has polluted the river.

And in May, PBI-Honduras accompanied CEHPRODEC to San Estebán, a municipality 285 kilometres north-east of Tegucigalpa, for an “assembly on the care of the environment, natural resources and mining” that discussed the impacts of mining on human rights.

PBI-Honduras has accompanied CEHPRODEC since May 2014.

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