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Violencia, despojo, hambre, represión. Honduras y las razones del éxodo migrante. Parte 1.  7/10/2019 Subversiones: "Para concretar la reforma al marco jurídico hondureño en relación a la consulta, el PNUD promovió la creación de la ley junto a la Confederación de Pueblos Autóctonos de Honduras (Conpah) y la Dirección de Pueblos Indígenas y Afrohondureños (Dinafroh), organizaciones señaladas como «acompañantes del Estado en una serie de violaciones al derecho a la consulta, tales como la aprobación de la Ley de Aguas, Ley de Regiones Especiales para el Desarrollo (RED) suplantada posteriormente por la Ley de Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico (ZEDE) y la Ley Minera», denuncia la OFRANEH, organización quien al igual que el COPINH fueron excluidas del proceso para la construcción del anteproyecto de la CPLI."

The Struggle Against Honduras’ Stolen Election  1/26/2018 Consortium News: "To get a clearer picture as to what is happening on the ground in Honduras–which includes dozens of murders of street activists–I spoke to Sandra Cuffe. Based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Cuffe has resided for many years in Central America and writes for several online publications. Cuffe also expressed deep concern for the safety of Edwin Espinal, a noted activist and ally to many movements in Honduras, including COPINH. COPINH is the group founded by the late Berta Caceres, who it is believed was assassinated by right-wing forces affiliated with the Honduran government."

El COPINH NO reconoce resolución del TSE y llama a la movilización popular.  12/18/2017 COPINH: "El COPINH y el pueblo Lenca se levanta, no en defensa de un partido o un candidato, sino en defensa de la dignidad."

Fake Honduran Twitter: the digital campaign against Berta Cáceres and COPINH  11/11/2017 Erin Gallagher: "A network of fake accounts tweeted a smear campaign against Berta Cáceres and COPINH three months before Berta was murdered. This was just one component of a larger campaign that was waged against COPINH for years due to their opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project. A new report by an independent team of attorneys linked Berta’s assassination to the highest levels of Capital Energy Development SA de CV (DESA), the company whose hydroelectric dam project Berta and COPINH were protesting."

La Trampa de los Bancos  6/22/2017 Grass Roots International: "Desde el 2013, el Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) ha exigido el retiro definitivo de los bancos FMO, Finn Fund y el Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE) del proyecto “Agua Zarca” en el sagrado Río Gualcarque, por su vinculación al despojo y muerte en la comunidad de río Blanco. Hasta la fecha, ninguno de los tres bancos ha completado su salida del proyecto, a pesar de que los bancos FMO y Finn Fund la han anunciado desde mayo de 2016."

The Bank Trap: A Statement from COPINH on the Agua Zarca Dam Investors  6/22/2017 Grass Roots International: "Since 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has demanded the definitive withdrawal of funds from the FMO [Dutch development bank], Finn Fund [Finnish development finance company] and CABEI (Central American Bank for Economic Integration, or Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, BCEI, in Spanish) from the Agua Zarca project on the sacred Gualcarque River because of their association with displacement and death in the Rio Blanco community. To date, none of the three banks have completed their exit from the project, although FMO and Finn Fund banks have been announcing they will withdraw since May of 2016."

"Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied": Indigenous Organizers in Honduras Call for Radical Transformation  5/15/2017 Truth Out: "The organization Cáceres founded 24 years ago, the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), continues multiplying, too. About a dozen new Lenca communities have recently joined the 200-plus communities already united in protecting their territories, waters, communities, and rights from the government and multinational corporations."

Indigenous Hondurans Fight ‘Right-Wing Invaders’ Burning Crops  5/11/2017 teleSUR: "The culprits, according to COPINH, are intentionally setting fire to corn, bean and coffee plantations along Honduras’ Rio Blanco, or “White River.” The river, considered the “cradle” of Mayan civilization in Honduras, is the same one that slain activist Berta Caceres defended from exploitative multinational corporations for decades. COPINH claims wealthy, right-wing landowning families like the Madrids and the Facusse are behind the burnings. The organization, which claims these families are also hiring armed groups to intimidate Indigenous land defenders, has vowed to take action."

Another Environmental Activist Slain in Honduras  3/21/2016 Nonprofit Quarterly: "Last week, another environmental activist in Honduras was brutally murdered outside of his home, less than two weeks after the death of renowned activist Berta Cáceres. Like Cáceres, 39-year-old Nelson Garcia was a member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The shooting came following the evacuation of approximately 150 families from the settled community of Rio Chiquito."

Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues  3/8/2016 Ecologist: "Early in the morning on 3rd March, the day of Berta Cáceres' murder, witnesses saw hit men from DESA in a blue Ford 150 vehicle near La Esperanza, and heard them speaking ill of Berta Cáceres. • on 25th February, during the forced eviction of COPINH Lenca families in Jarcia, Guinse, Intibuca, by the police and military, a member of the National Direction of Criminal Investigation (DGIC in Spanish) police unit harassed Berta Cáceres and told her that they would not be responsible if anything happened to her. • on 20th February, during COPINH's protest against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, the vice-mayor of San Francisco de Ojuera publicly asked that Berta Cáceres be killed."

Mexicano dice que escenario del crimen de Berta Cáceres fue modificado  3/7/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: "Y es que mis declaraciones les estorban para culpar a quienes quieren meter a la cárcel. No escuché carros llegar ni irse cuando el asesinato; el escenario del crimen fue modificado y alterado; las pruebas de sangre y otras dejaron líneas en blanco que luego pueden ser alteradas; mandan a declarar a la mayoría a gente del Copinh y no a los sospechosos tiempo atrás de estar intentando asesinar a Berta… Pero llegaron para que viera fotos y videos e identificar al asesino que me encontré cara a cara, pero lamenté que todos los videos y fotografías eran de las marchas del Copinh, para que señalara quién de ellos había sido. Pero no me han mostrado las caras de los dueños de las empresas o sus sicarios."

Murder of activist Berta Cáceres sparks violent clashes in Honduras  3/4/2016 The Guardian: "The police initially reported the case as an attempted robbery, but the victim’s family believe the killing was an assassination ordered by people behind the dam project. Cáceres and other members of the group she founded – the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) – have been in conflict with the operators Desa, the local mayor, police and soldiers. Last week, members of the group were detained and threatened, Copinh said in a statement."

Remembering Berta Cáceres, Assassinated Honduras Indigenous & Environmental Leader  3/4/2016 Democracy Now: "In our worldviews, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water and from corn. The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirits of young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet. COPINH, walking alongside people struggling for their emancipation, validates this commitment to continue protecting our waters, the rivers, our shared resources and nature in general, as well as our rights as a people. Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction."

Interrogan a tres personas tras la muerte de Berta Cáceres  3/4/2016 La Prensa, Honduras: ""Debido a la insistencia de los compañeros de que (Aureliano Molina) no atendiera dicho requerimiento, fue acompañado por su padre Aureliano Molina y su cuñado", sigue diciendo el comunicado. "En este momento el Copinh se encuentra en estado de alerta, temiendo por la integridad de Gustavo Castro y los integrantes de la organización que viven en constante acoso por oponerse al despojo de su territorio". Agrega que "fue llevado a la Jefatura Policial de la localidad y hasta el momento está detenido como supuesto sospechoso del asesinato. Se ha preguntado cuáles son los cargos que se le imputan, respondiendo a la organización que no hay dichos cargos pero se tienen 24 horas para hacer la investigación"."

Murdered While She Slept: Shocking Death of Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Leader and Activist  3/3/2016 Indian Country: "Cáceres was the Director of the National Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which has been in the forefront of protests against the dam being constructed by the DESA Company of Honduras. Cáceres and other activists assert that the Agua Zarca project would cause great harm to the Lenca community known as Rio Blanco through displacement of the people and environmental damage to an area considered sacred by the Lenca. In a press statement from 2013 Cáceres outlined the reasons for the protests. “There is a displacement of the population that has traditionally lived on those lands, practically an eviction,” Cáceres said. “...DESA [of Honduras] and SINOHYDRO (a transnational Chinese hydroelectric project builder no longer involved in the project) have exerted brutal pressure against the communities, with maneuvers such as co-opting leaders and the offering of bribes, and on the other hand repression, systematic harassment, and the occupation of the territory by the army, the police and security guards and gang members."

Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Murdered  3/3/2016 Prensa Latina: "According to sources contacted by the multi-state Telesur channel, the attack against Caceres, a coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras (Copinh), took place in the early hours of the morning, when several armed men forced down the door of her home, shot her and wounded her brother, Awarded the Goldman Prize in 2015, the highest recognition for environmental activists, Caceres was also a renowned human rights defender. She fought the expropriation of the ancestral lands of the Lenca people and the establishment of U.S. military bases on their territory, which is located in western Honduras. Her last fight was directed against a hydroelectric project in the town of Rio Blanco, approved by the government without a prior consultation."

COPINH denuncia hostigamiento por parte del alcalde de San Francisco de Ojuera  2/20/2016 Criterio, Honduras: "DENUNCIA URGENTE :En la caminata pacifica que el COPINH está desarrollando en este momento, empleados de DESA AGUA ZARCA y la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y del Partido Nacional están deteniendo y hostigado a más de cien compañeros que son parte de esta caminata, esto en San Francisco de Ojuera, apoyados por ejército, guardias, sicarios, policía."

Honduran Indigenous Group Sues Mayor over Hydroelectric Project  11/30/2015 teleSUR: "The people of Lenca, the country's largest indigenous group, had planned a peaceful protest in front of San Francisco de Ojuera City Hall against the works initiated on the river Gualcarque without their consent. However, officers from the National Police temporarily detained the buses transporting the activists, while bulldozers had “broken” the public roads leading to San Francisco de Ojuera, creating ditches of almost two meters (see photos), claimed the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH, in a statement. The organization informed it filed a lawsuit against DESA Corporation and against the city's mayor, Raul Pineda, who they claim sent bulldozers to break the road."

Honduras: Bertha Cáceres teme que la asesinen luego de elecciones generales  11/19/2013 SiBCI: "El pueblo indígena Lenca ha recibido ataques y amenazas de muerte por parte del Ejército y la Policía Nacional de Honduras. La última agresión ocurrió a principios de noviembre, cuando un grupo de policías, con pasamontañas y sin identificarse, ingresó violentamente a la comunidad de La Tejera en Río Blanco. La denuncia la confirmó Bertha Cáceres, coordinadora del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Copinh), durante el programa Caribe Nuestro de la Radio del Sur. Ella explicó que los policías encañonaron a los residentes del poblado. “Llegaron con armas gringas, israelíes, sin identificación, sin orden de cateo, entraron a las casas, amenazaron a las ancianas y ancianos, los golpearon, les botaron sus enseres, los niños vivieron momentos de mucho terror”. Los policías amenazaron con realizar una matanza en esa comunidad indígena si los Lenca seguían oponiéndose al Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca en el Río Gualcarque. “Las amenazas son reiteradas."

Indígenas emplazan a ministro a aclarar su posición sobre hidroeléctrica  10/30/2013 SERVINDI: "El Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) exigió al ministro Luis Green, de la Secretaría de Desarrollo para Pueblos Indígenas y Afrohondureños (SEDINAFROH), que aclare públicamente su postura hacia el conflictivo proyecto hidroeléctrico Agua Zarca."

Berta Cáceres Is Still Alive  10/20/2013 Truth Out: "Honduran authorities want Berta Cáceres in prison. Even more, they want her dead. Berta, as she is fondly known by her many friends in Honduras and beyond, is a Lenca indigenous woman, and one of the founding directors of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). She is now the face of social movement resistance in Honduras, which in recent months has seen an escalation of state repression against social movement leaders, indigenous peoples’ organizations, environmentalists, and political dissenters. She went into hiding on September 20. But as I write, against all odds, Berta Cáceres is still alive. COPINH, one of the strongest voices in Mesoamerica for the defense of indigenous peoples’ rights, was founded in the early 1990s to fight logging companies in the territories of the Lenca people. After decades of struggle, COPINH has expelled dozens of logging operations from Lenca territories, recovered over 100 indigenous communal land titles, and served as a critical voice in international forums advocating for the right of indigenous communities to give or withhold their binding consent to any megaprojects planned for their territories. Today, COPINH is struggling against a mega-complex of four large dams in the Gualcarque River basin, called the Agua Zarca dam project, being undertaken by a Chinese corporation called Sinohydro and a Honduran company called Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA)."

Agua Zarca, Honduras: la negación del derecho a la consulta y la Criminalización de los Pueblos Indígenas  8/13/2013 OFRANEH: "El asesinato el pasado 15 de julio de Tomas García y las heridas infrigidas a su hijo Allen García, a manos de elementos de las Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras, señalan la violencia estructural existente en Honduras y el inicio de una clara ofensiva en contra de los pueblos y comunidades que se resisten al saqueo de su territorio y la madre tierra. Previo al asesinato de Tomas Garcia, comenzó una campaña de intimidación y criminalización de los líderes(as) del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), cuando el pasado 25 de mayo les fue plantada un arma en el vehículo que se conducían Bertha Cáceres, Tomás Gómez y Aureliano Molina pretexto que ha servido para perseguir a las voces que con valentía vienen defendiendo a los pueblos indígenas y sus territorios."

11 de Agosto de 2009: DIA DE ACCION GLOBAL POR HONDURAS  8/6/2009 COPINH 

Viernes 24 de julio, 1:30 pm  7/24/2009 COPINH: "Según los reportes dos manifestantes que se encaminaban a las fronteras de Nicaragua a recibir al presidente Manuel Zelaya resultaron heridos de bala, uno en el brazo y otro perdió una oreja, los que fueron trasladados de forma inmediata para asistencia médica a un hospital de Danlí. Uno de los heridos que recibio el disparo en la oreja es identificado como Moisés Hernández, procedente de Tocoa, Colón, perteneciente a la Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguán, COPA."

¡Urgente! Se prepara Golpe de Estado en Honduras  6/24/2009 COPINH: "Con la fuerza ancestral de Iselaca, Lempira y Etempica se levantan nuestras voces de vida, justicia, dignidad, libertad y paz."
 

 

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