Honduran human rights defender notes Canadian financing of dam during PBI-USA organized World Water Day webinar

Photo: MADJ coordinator Martín Fernández Guzman and PBI communications coordinator Hannah Matthews from today’s webinar. On March 22, PBI-USA hosted a World Water Day screening of La Sangre de la Tierra (The Blood of the Earth), a documentary about community struggles against hydroelectric dams in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. After Read more…

COPINH coordinator Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres expresses support for the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

On March 21, during the Women Warriors panel of the Building Movements in Defence of Life film festival, Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, general coordinator of COPINH, expressed her support for the proposed Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act. On March 3, US Representative Hank Johnson reintroduced the Act. His website Read more…

Care of the forest has brought persecution: Lenca leader María Felícita López

“Care of the forest and opposition to extractive projects has brought persecution, criminalization, threats, militarization, poverty and forced emigration.” Indigenous feminist leader María Felícita López is the women’s coordinator with the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz, Honduras (MILPAH). MILPAH was established in response to the irregular concessions of rivers Read more…

Guapinol water defender Jeremías Martinez acquitted of charges of usurpation and damages, but remains in prison

On March 17, Libertad para los defensores de Guapinol tweeted that Jeremías Martinez had been absolved of the crimes of usurpation and damages. Following this, lawyer Edy Tabora tweeted: “Today we obtained an important achievement, an acquittal. 27 months later the judiciary agrees with us. Thanks to colleagues, nationals and Read more…

PBI-Canada encourages Prime Minister Trudeau to read civil society letter to US Secretary of State Blinken on Honduras

AP Photo/Evan Vucci On March 5, PBI-USA signed this joint letter sent to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the US Embassy in Honduras seeking justice for Indigenous Lenca leader Berta Caceres and all human rights defenders in Honduras. The letter was signed by thirteen other organizations including EarthRights Read more…