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The King of Porn, McLean's
A younger Randy Jorgensen in 1993.

Randy Jorgensen and friends: how the Canadian mafia steals Garifuna lands

Randy Jorgensen, according to a review article in the Toronto Star, has been known as "the Canadian Porn King" since 1993 when he was so named by McLean's Magazine.

Starting in 2007, he joined a long line of white supremacists seizing lands from indigenous people, acquiring Garifuna ancestral lands in Honduras through bribes, threats, and outright theft. A chronology of the major events can be found in El canadiense: Una cronología de usurpación de tierras Garífunas por Randy Jorgensen  12/13/2015 Criterio. OFRANEH is the lead organizer against his depredations and has provided consistent and principaled strategies throughout this long process.

Jorgensen's friends and allies include Canadian Patrick Forseth of Carivida Villas and Honduranean Ramon Lobo, whose brother, Porfirio, was president from 2010 to 2014. Jorgensen, Forseth, and another Canadian, David Browne, who left Honduras after being shot at, worked on related projects. Jorgensen and Browne have been independently accused of pedophelia and pimping underaged girls of color. Honduras is well known as a haven for sex tourists and has repeatedly failed to enact laws to protect minors, likely in order to defend this revenue stream. Indeed, the coup mongering Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa is on the "dirty dozen" list of pro-pedophile cardinals.

"Jorgensen and his father, Roy Jorgensen, fought charges of "proxenetismo de menores" or prostitution of minors, all the way to the Honduran Supreme Court. There are concerns of corruption related to how the charges were ultimately dropped." -- Randy Jorgensen, the Canadian “Porn King”, To Appear in Honduran Courts for Illegal Possession of Garifuna Lands for Tourist Projects  10/23/2015 Aqui Abajo

Ramon Lobo has a sinister reputation and his nephew Fabio was actually deported to the US for drug trafficking in 2015, a rare event for the Honduran elites who usually operate with impunity:

"Fabio Lobo, the son of former Honduran President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, was arrested in May of this year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on drug trafficking charges in connection to the drug cartel operating in the Trujillo area, known as “Los Cachiros.” Lobo was extradited to stand trial in the U.S."

Fabio's trial included testimony directly implicating President Lobo in narcotics trafficking. 

The use of infrastructure projects to launder drug money is not unknown in Honduras, where the very white elites are awash in narcotraficking profits  as, according to the US State Department, 80% of the drugs entering US southern borders pass through what is essentially a narco state. If Jorgensen received any investments from Honduran sources, we might question the actual provenance.

Randy Jorgensen, Ramon Lobo and Porfirio Lobo
Randy Jorgensen, Ramon Lobo, and Porfirio Lobo, former president and father of
narcotraficker Fabio Lobo. From Criterio

The lands these people are seizing appear to have unexploited mineral riches:

"Apparently Ramón Lobo sold him [Jorgensen] two non-metallic mining concessions for the exploitation of iron oxide. One of them, denominated Montecristo, registered in the name of Vision of Life, is within the title of the community of Crystals and Black River, and has an extension of 600 hectares." -- El rey del Porno, la usurpación del territorio Garífuna de Trujillo y la inaplicabilidad de la ley en Honduras.&  5/19/2017 El Pulso

And this about Jorgensen's funding sources, Canadian mining interests:

"The Porno King has received a huge amount of support from Mr. Ramón Lobo Soso, the brother of President Porfirio Lobo, which has allowed him to cut through any red tape and avoid the opposition mounted by Garífuna communities against the pressure upon them and dispossession of their lands. On June 21 of this year, Jorgenson received a ‘special award’ from Lobo during a ministerial cabinet session in Trujillo.

The Canadian received financing from the Canadian Shield Fund, the controversial mining company Barrick Gold, and the company Canadian Oil and Gas, which provided funds to Life Vision Properties, the company under which the Porno King hides his name." -- Honduras: Garifuna Communities Take Legal Action Against Canada's 'Porn King'  1/11/2012 Intercontinental Cry

In a related development in March, 2017, the Garifuna mayor of Santa Fe, Noel Ruiz, once a popular agronomist, took the side of Forseth and Jorgensen and threatened Garifuna leaders with death if they continued to oppose his pet money making projects. The typical pattern in Honduras is for a mayor to be allied with gangsters and, working through the police, send gangsters to assassinate inconvenient people. The gangsters are being squeezed by their police masters, so their heart is not always in it.

OFRANEH has had some successes in this struggle, but the Canadian gang is fighting back and, with their allies in the Honduran government, they are trying to criminalize the OFRANEH leadership and anyone who looks like they want to thwart their ambitions. Such criminalization efforts are very familiar to anyone who has studies the history of white supremacy in the Americas.

We have a message for the Canadians Randy Jorgensen, Patrick Forseth and their cohorts: if you succeed in locking up the Garifuna leadership, there are plenty of others to pick up the torch, you will be defending yourselves from legal problems for the rest of your lives.

- Mike Pérez, 8/2017

Patrick Forseth, persecutor of the Garifuna people

Patrick likes to come on as an honest businessman, an experienced pilot. He does however associates with thugs and gangsters such as Luis Enrique Garcia aka "Negrito," his confidant and informant. Since Enrique is based out of Sambo Creek, this leads us to wonder what Patrick plans to do there.  I have trusted sources who tell me Forseth has been distributing crack among the Garinagu he defrauded in Santa Fe, that sort of business is one of Enrique's specialties.

Forseth's resume lists:

Carivida Resorts, the company that is developing stolen Garifuna lands. business-humanrights.org/en/carivida
General Manager
Trujillo, Honduras www.carivida.com

Aeos Airlines
Pilot, General Manager
Trujillo, Honduras

West Wind Aviation
Airline Pilot
"West Wind Aviation is proud to be First Nations and Employee-owned. Athabasca Basin Development, who represents the seven communities in the Athabasca Basin, is the majority shareholder with 65% of the organization. The Prince Albert Development Corporation has held 22% of the organization since 2002." -- www.westwindaviation.ca/about-us/

"Athabasca Basin Development is owned by the seven communities in the Athabasca area. The company was established to maximize local community participation in the opportunities in the mining industry... The region is also the home of seven communities. These communities are largely Dene First Nations communities and include Fond du Lac, Stony Rapids, Black Lake, Hatchet Lake, Wollaston Lake, Camsell Portage and Uranium City." -- athabascabasin.ca/about-us/ownership/

West Wind Aviation can be contacted at:  information@westwindaviation.ca.  As West Wind does not appear to fly to Honduras, it is not clear if Forseth still works there.

3A Hangar Road
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Phone: 306.652.9121
Toll Free: 1.866.636.9121
Fax: 306.244.8602

Urgent Action: ‘Canadian tourism mafia’ file trumped up charges against Garifuna leader Miriam Miranda in Honduras’ corrupted legal system  11/17/2017 Rights Action: "A member of the ‘Canadian tourism mafia’ along Honduras’ north coast, that includes Patrick Forseth and Randy “the porn king” Jorgensen, filed trumped up charges against indigenous Garifuna leader Miriam Miranda and three other women, in Honduras’ corrupted legal system. The four must go to court, November 24, to respond to these “charges”. They potentially face up to 2-3 years in jail, and now must spend time and resources (of the few they have) to defend themselves from these manipulative charges."

OFRANEH members denounced for defamation by Canadian tourism investors Patrick Daniel Forseth (Carivida Villas) and Randy Jorgensen (Life Vision Developments)  10/2/2017 Rights Action: "The proliferation of tourism and holiday-residential projects near Trujillo Bay on the Honduran Atlantic Coast, is causing high levels of tension between tourism entrepreneurs, mostly Canadian, and sectors of the Garifuna communities in the area who denounce the pillage of community lands and the increasing criminalization of social protest and the defense of territories."

Persecución contra la OFRANEH instigada por mafia Canadiense y CONATEL  9/5/2017 Ofraneh: "El día de hoy aproximadamente a las 12:30 del mediodía se apersonaron a nuestras oficinas ubicadas en la comunidad de Sambo Creek, para requerirme supuestamente por una denuncia contra mi persona, 2 miembros de la DPI, uno de ellos portando un arma automática. Aparentemente existe una persecución judicial en contra mi persona, que todo indica ha sido por las denuncias interpuestas por Patrick Forseth, Randy Jorgensen y CONATEL, creando el pretexto para que se me persiga."

Tourism company Carivida files defamation lawsuits against Garifuna leaders defending ancestral land  8/29/2017 Business Human Rights: "The tourism & hospitality company, Carivida, filed defamation lawsuits against 4 Garifuna leaders part of the Fraternal Garifuna, Black Organization of Honduras, OFRANEH. For years, the Garifuna communities have been defending their ancestral land rights from tourism companies. Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Carivida to respond; the response is available here."

Canadian tourism operator (Patrick Forseth of Carivida Villas) using corrupt Honduran legal system to “criminalize” Miriam Miranda and Indigenous Garifuna people on their lands  8/9/2017 Business Human Rights: "Once again, the Honduran criminal law system is being used against community defenders, with complaints of defamation and slander lodged against the Indigenous Garifuna community defenders Miriam Miranda (coordinator of the Fraternal Garifuna, Black Organization of Honduras, OFRANEH), and Madeline Martina David, Neny Heidy Ávila and Lety Hernández from the Guadalupe Community in Trujillo, Colón, Honduras."

Honduras: racismo, aplicación de justicia y persecución a Garífunas.  8/8/2017 OFRANEH: "La actitud de los funcionarios públicos en el país hacia los Garífunas está marcada por el desprecio. Basta recordar las palabras proferidas por el diputado Miguel Angel Gamez, a finales de marzo de 2006, cundo manifestó abiertamente “a mi me caen mal los negros”. Gámez preside en la actualidad la Alianza Publico Privadas”, ente encargado de las Zonas de Empleo Desarrollo Económico (ZEDE) conocidas también como las “ciudades modelo”, las que abarcan en su última versión mas de 20 comunidades Garífunas."

Letter to Sr. Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras  5/25/2017 Inter Religious Task Force: "We are seriously concerned about the arrest, detention and travel ban of César Geovanni Bernardez, director of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH). Since 1978, OFRANEH has worked for the promotion of the Afro-Caribbean Garífuna people's right to self-determination through programs that support their political, social, economic and cultural advancement. Their traditional lands have been plundered through fraudulent and corrupt processes involving state agents and notary offices. The land is being falsely registered in the name of people other than the real owners and subsequently sold to foreign businesses who want to establish tourism projects in the region. OFRANEH is currently in a legal battle to secure the right of the Garífuna communities to maintain their lands."

Defensor territorial Garífuna detenido por usurpación de su territorio ancestral  5/19/2017 OFRANEH: "Esta tarde fue detenido el dirigente comunitario y miembro de la Coordinación General de la OFRANEH, el compañero César Geovany Bernardez acusado de usurpar un terreno que se encuentra dentro del título comunitario otorgado a la comunidad de Guadalupe. El canadiense Patrick Forseth demandó a miembros de la comunidad Garífuna aduciendo la propiedad sobre un terreno que forma parte del patrimonio colectivo de la comunidad de Guadalupe."

One land defender's story of repression, criminalization and arrest: Young Garifuna woman arrested for reclaiming ancestral land  2/8/2017 Aqui Abajo: "On November 11, 2016, Garifuna leader Medalime David Fernandez was arrested and tortured by Honduran police and soldiers from the U.S.-trained navy based in Puerto Castilla. The arrest occurred in the community of Guadalupe, one of six Garifuna communities in northern Honduras in the Trujillo Bay region. At the time, Medalime was being charged with illegal possession of land (usurpation) by Canadian tourist company CARIVIDA. After Medalime was violently detained, the charges were dropped shortly after in a judicial process supported by the Garifuna organization, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)… The lands where CARIVIDA hopes to build a resort and villas, was purchased in 2013 by the company’s general manager, Canadian citizen Patrick Daniel Forseth. The lands are located in Guadalupe, the most western Garifuna community on the bay. Guadalupe is located in the municipality of Santa Fe in the department of Colon."
  

Noel Ruiz, gangster mayor of Santa Fearriba

Noel RuizMay 2017 Honduras coup update  6/4/2017 Honduras Sunday: "On 18.5.17 in the afternoon, a community leader and member of general coordination of Ofraneh (Honduran Black Fraternal Organisation) as well as a Garifuna correspondent for Radio Progreso, Cesar Geovany Bernardez, after leaving an Ofraneh directive committee meeting, was arrested accused of usurping a land. The land he is accused of usurping is ancestral collective Garifuna land for which there was an illegal sale to the Canadian company Carivida (represented by Patrick Forseth) by the Santa Fe municipality council in 2013. In these times, an ecotourism project managed by Garifuna women of the Guadalupe community was establishing, but which had trouble establishing itself because of a wave of violence then by a group of fugitives who established themselves nearby and committed a series of killings. In 2012 when Ofraneh heard rumours of land sales, Ofraneh sent a statement to the Santa Fe council requesting that any admin processes for such sales be stopped - this was ignored. The Garifuna people have since 2008 placed charges against the Santa Fe council and in 2013 against mayor Noel Ruiz for sponsoring illegal sales of land to "involved canadians", prosecutors never followed up on these charges, but they are prosecuting Cesar Geovany Bernardez, who has been a major voice against the installation of Carivida's tourism project on their Garifuna community land. And, the community was of course never consulted about supposed development plans."

Detienen a corresponsal de Radio Progreso  5/19/2017 C LIBRE: "Según la OFRANEH, el pueblo Grífuna ha venido presentando denuncias desde el año 2008 en contra de la Corporación Municipal de Santa Fe y en el año 2013 en contra del alcalde Noel Ruiz “por auspiciar ventas ilegales tierra a canadienses involucrados”."

Criminalizan a dirigente Garífuna de OFRANEH acusandolo de usurpación de tierras  5/19/2017 Hola Roatan: "OFRANEH denunció en 2013 a Noel Ruiz Alcalde Santa Fe, Colon por auspiciar ventas ilegales tierra a canadienses involucrados mafia rey Porno"

Amenazas proferidas por Noel Ruiz, Alcalde de Santa Fe, Colon, contra dirigente Garífunas  5/19/2017 OFRANEH: "Amenazas proferidas por Noel Ruiz, Alcalde de Santa Fe, Colon, contra dirigente Garífunas"

“Rey del Porno” logra orden de captura contra otro dirigente garífuna  11/15/2016 Criterio, HN: "Apuntó que lastimosamente la alcaldía de Santa Fe está jugando un triste papel porque entrega documentos “leoninos” a favor de los extranjeros y en detrimento de los nativos de la comunidad. En ese orden denunció que el alcalde, Noel Ruiz, tiene intereses de proteger a los canadienses porque hace negocios con ellos mediante la venta de materiales de construcción a través de una empresa de su propiedad. Es así como “él está más a favor de los canadienses que de su propio pueblo”, cuestionó."
 

Honduras and Sex Tourismarriba

Pedophile victims group slams so-called ‘dirty dozen’ cardinals — including Timothy Cardinal Dolan — who they claim covered up sex abuse  3/6/2016 NY Daily News: Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiagia from Honduras is on the list.

THE SEX TOURISM INDUSTRY SPREADS TO COSTA RICA AND HONDURAS: ARE THESE COUNTRIES DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION  6/1/2014 Digital Commons: "Child advocacy organizations blame the government's failure to enact adequate legislation on the fact that sex tourists are bringing a huge source of revenue into the impbverished country.' Further, one should note that Honduran officials who pass strict legislation in response to the growth of this industry face the likelihood of being run out of office by those who profit from the industry."

Catholic Church Accused of Covering Up Pedophilia: Blame the Jews  6/5/2010 Huff Post: "That man is Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Meridiaga, who is the archbishop of Honduras. Cardinal Rodriguez who was in the running for Pope Benedict’s job and who remains a leading candidate to replace him, is an overt anti-Semite and is not ashamed of it. For years, he has been telling anyone who is willing to listen that “the Jews” are to blame for the scandal surrounding the sexual misconduct of priests toward young parishioners!"

Cardinal blasts US media for sex coverage  6/8/2002 UPI: "In the advance copy obtained by United Press International, Rodriguez Maradiaga specifically mentioned Ted Turner, the media tycoon who founded CNN, and the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe as being unfairly aggressive in their coverage of the scandals."
 

Canadian Oil & Mining Interests in Hondurasarriba

Canada Has Second-Worst Mining Record in World: UN 10/27/2017 Desmog Canada: "Canada has more mine tailings spills than most other countries in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges governments and the mining industry to improve safety, accountability and oversight. During the last decade there have been seven known mine tailings spills in Canada, only one less than reported in China, which tops the list, says the report."

Aura Minerals (Canadian company) digging up cadavers in Honduras, to get at more gold - Update 9/7/2017 Rights Action: "On September 5, 2017, Toronto-based Aura Minerals – supported by the Canadian government, Honduran government and military – began digging up the first of hundreds of cadavers, to entirely empty out this most sacred of places."

Canada’s Controversial Engagement in Honduras 8/11/2014 Honduras - Country in Pain: "Since Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, Canada has cast an increasingly long shadow over the small Central American country’s economy and policy; a presence that has grown stronger since Honduras’ controversial 2009 coup. The self-proclaimed peacekeepers have since built a stronghold over Honduras via investment in industries and support for the illegitimate government created in the wake of the coup. Canada’s relationship with Honduras is emblematic of its shifting position within the international community, as an imperial presence, establishing and expanding industries in the less developed country at the expense of local citizens and the environment."

Canadian Aid, Honduran Oil 3/12/2014 Media Coop: "The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) has been financing technical assistance to the hydrocarbon sector in Honduras as part of a $9.5-million Sustainable Energy Access project managed by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). During the first part of the five-year (2012–2017) project originally approved by the Canadian International Development Agency, OLADE initiated a review of the regulatory framework in Honduras and examined the oil and gas potential in the country."

Canada backs profits, not human rights, in Honduras 8/16/2011 Toronto Star: by Todd Gordon - "Canada is one of the largest foreign investor nations in the country, with over $600 million in investment, according to Ambassador Cameron Mackay. Canadian companies play leading roles in mining, maquilas and tourism, and are central actors in the recent announcement of plans for a tourism-focused model city, the first such city announced. When I was in Honduras in June, I spoke with activists organizing against Canadian companies in all these industries. They spoke of being displaced from their land, environmental destruction and exploitative working conditions. Some alleged they had received death threats for their opposition to Canadian company practices."

Military Coups are Good for Canadian Business, by Todd Gordon 3/1/2011 Quotha: by Todd Gordon - "And now Canada is about to sign an agreement with Honduras, whose citizens still live under the large and menacing shadow of the military coup against left-of-centre president, Manuel Zelaya. Concluding a trade agreement with Honduras is an important achievement for the Canadian state – payoff for the strong support it has given the Honduran coup forces centred among the country's political, military and economic leaders."

Imperialism and Resistance: Canadian mining companies in Latin America 12/3/2007 Third World Quarterly: by Todd Gordon & Jeffery Weber - "The creation of new spaces of accumulation is not an innocuous process; it inevitably involves the forceful and violent reorganisation of peoples’ lives as they are subordinated to the whims of capital. Strategies of accumulation by dispossession by capital therefore commonly spawn popular resistance from the affected communities. The Canadian mining industry is the largest in the world, and much of its outward investment targets Latin America. The Canadian company share of the larger company exploration market in Latin America (and the Caribbean) has grown steadily since the early 1990s, up to 35% by 2004, the largest by far among all its competitors, with seven Canadian companies among the top 20 mineral exploration investors in the region from 1989 to 2001. This paper charts these trends of Canadian mining expansion in Latin America and then focuses on the community, environmental and worker resistance it is generating in the cases of Chile and Colombia."
 

Articles/Artículosarriba

OFRANEH members denounced for defamation by Canadian tourism investors Patrick Daniel Forseth (Carivida Villas) and Randy Jorgensen (Life Vision Developments)  10/2/2017 Rights Action: "The proliferation of tourism and holiday-residential projects near Trujillo Bay on the Honduran Atlantic Coast, is causing high levels of tension between tourism entrepreneurs, mostly Canadian, and sectors of the Garifuna communities in the area who denounce the pillage of community lands and the increasing criminalization of social protest and the defense of territories."

Persecución contra la OFRANEH instigada por mafia Canadiense y CONATEL  9/5/2017 Ofraneh: "El día de hoy aproximadamente a las 12:30 del mediodía se apersonaron a nuestras oficinas ubicadas en la comunidad de Sambo Creek, para requerirme supuestamente por una denuncia contra mi persona, 2 miembros de la DPI, uno de ellos portando un arma automática. Aparentemente existe una persecución judicial en contra mi persona, que todo indica ha sido por las denuncias interpuestas por Patrick Forseth, Randy Jorgensen y CONATEL, creando el pretexto para que se me persiga."

Canadian tourism operator (Patrick Forseth of Carivida Villas) using corrupt Honduran legal system to “criminalize” Miriam Miranda and Indigenous Garifuna people on their lands  8/9/2017 Rights Action: "Once again, the Honduran criminal law system is being used against community defenders, with complaints of defamation and slander lodged against the Indigenous Garifuna community defenders Miriam Miranda (coordinator of the Fraternal Garifuna, Black Organization of Honduras, OFRANEH), and Madeline Martina David, Neny Heidy Ávila and Lety Hernández from the Guadalupe Community in Trujillo, Colón, Honduras. Criminal complaint have been filed against each of them by the Canadian businessman Patrick Daniel Forseth (Carivida Villas, www.carivida.com). "

Miriam Miranda, Dirigenta de OFRANEH y Tres Defensoras Garífunas Más Son Querelladas Por Empresario Canadiense  8/6/2017 Rights Action: "Una vieja estrategia del uso del derecho penal a través de las querellas de difamación y calumnias se inició contra las defensoras garífunas Miriam Miranda, Coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras, OFRANEH, Madeline Martina David, Neny Heidy Ávila y Lety Hernández , estas últimas tres de la comunidad de Guadalupe en Trujillo, Colón Honduras. Todas ellas han sido querelladas por el empresario canadiense Patrick Daniel Forseth, en una acción judicial que se venía promoviendo en el Tribunal de Sentencia de esa localidad desde mayo de 2017."

May 2017 Honduras coup update  6/4/2017 Honduras Sunday: "On 18.5.17 in the afternoon, a community leader and member of general coordination of Ofraneh (Honduran Black Fraternal Organisation) as well as a Garifuna correspondent for Radio Progreso, Cesar Geovany Bernardez, after leaving an Ofraneh directive committee meeting, was arrested accused of usurping a land. The land he is accused of usurping is ancestral collective Garifuna land for which there was an illegal sale to the Canadian company Carivida (represented by Patrick Forseth) by the Santa Fe municipality council in 2013. In these times, an ecotourism project managed by Garifuna women of the Guadalupe community was establishing, but which had trouble establishing itself because of a wave of violence then by a group of fugitives who established themselves nearby and committed a series of killings. In 2012 when Ofraneh heard rumours of land sales, Ofraneh sent a statement to the Santa Fe council requesting that any admin processes for such sales be stopped - this was ignored. The Garifuna people have since 2008 placed charges against the Santa Fe council and in 2013 against mayor Noel Ruiz for sponsoring illegal sales of land to "involved canadians", prosecutors never followed up on these charges, but they are prosecuting Cesar Geovany Bernardez, who has been a major voice against the installation of Carivida's tourism project on their Garifuna community land. And, the community was of course never consulted about supposed development plans."

“Hay una mafia canadiense que se ha apoderado de nuestra tierra”  6/2/2017 Pasos de Animal Grande: "César Geovany Bernárdez, miembro de la coordinación general de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras, Ofraneh, y corresponsal de Radio Progreso, ha sido acusado por el canadiense Patrick Forseth, de usurpar un terreno que se encuentra dentro del título de la comunidad de Guadalupe en Santa Fe, Colón."

The New (Canadian) Imperialism, in Honduras: Ideology, the News Media, Pedagogy and Pop Culture  5/23/2017 The Bullet: "Canada prefers a government like the one that took over after the coup, which cracked down on popular protest, lifted the moratorium, and invited Canadian mining companies to help write the new mining code. Not surprisingly, that new mining code didn't protect labour or the environment, making it easier for Canadian companies to steal land, build mines that poison the water supply, and take all those profits back to Bay Street without paying taxes to support the Honduran state infrastructure."

Cesar Geovany Bernardez arrested  5/22/2017 Front Line Defenders: "On 19 May 2017, human rights defender, Cesar Geovany Bernardez, was transferred from La Ceiba police station to Trujillo, where he appeared in court. Although the judge ordered his release from detention, the human rights defender was placed under a travel ban. Cesar Geovany Bernardez is the director of Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña – OFRANEH (Honduran Black Fraternity Organization). Since 1978, the organisation has worked for the promotion of the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people's right to self-determination through programmes that support their political, social, economic and cultural advancement."

El rey del Porno, la usurpación del territorio Garífuna de Trujillo y la inaplicabilidad de la ley en Honduras.  5/19/2017 El Pulso: "Los múltiples atropellos sufridos por el pueblo Garífuna en Honduras, forman parte de la antología de despojos territoriales que afectan a los pueblos indígenas del continente. En nombre de un supuesto desarrollo el saqueo se ha intensificado en este milenio, al mismo tiempo que la aplicación de justicia se ha debilitado. En el caso de la Bahía de Trujillo, el empresario canadiense Randy Jorgensen, se apropió de los hábitats funcionales de las comunidades de Guadalupe, Santa Fe e incluso de la misma ciudad de Trujillo; además de haber demolido parte de la comunidad Garífuna de Río Negro, para lo cual contó con el apoyo irrestricto de la municipalidad de Trujillo."

¿Justicia en Honduras? Sobreseimiento a Medeline David y ratificación propiedad a mafia canadiense  12/17/2016 OFRANEH: "En medio de la ofensiva territorial que se viene contra los pueblos indígenas en Honduras, el Juzgado de Letras de la ciudad de Trujillo, emitió un sobreseimiento definitivo a favor de Medalime Martina David Fernández por el supuesto delito de usurpación, al mismo tiempo que el Juez Fredy Cenen Caballero Nuñez acreditó legítima propiedad del terreno comunitario a Sociedad Mercantil CARIVIDA, registrada a nombre del Sr. Patrick Forseth, ciudadano canadiense ligado a Randy Jorgensen conocido como “el rey del porno”."

El Rey del Porno Canadiense, Randy Jorgensen, amenaza con desalojar comunidad Garífuna de Guadalupe de su territorio ancestral  12/13/2016 Pasos de Animal Grande: "Una vez más las comunidades Garífunas en la Bahía de Trujillo se ven acosados por extranjeros que aducen ser propietarios de terrenos comunitarios. En este caso, en la comunidad de Guadalupe, Colón, un grupo de abogados, acompañados de miembros de la Policía Nacional, acosaron a Garífunas que hacían presencia en un terreno en el cual se encontraba construido un proyecto de turismo comunitario, según una publicación de la Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras, OFRANEH difundida este 13 de octubre de 2016."

La mafia canadiense del rey porno y la persecución a garífunas en la bahía de Trujillo en Honduras.  12/5/2016 África Fundación Sur: "La persecución judicial en contra de Medeline David por parte de los canadiense asociados a Randy Jorgensen, es consecuencia directa de la cuestionada Ley de Propiedad, promovida por el Banco Mundial (BM) a través del Proyecto de Administración de Tierras de Honduras (PATH), cuyo marco jurídico es la Ley de Propiedad (2004), la que en su artículo 100, da luz verde para que lo patronatos rescindan de la propiedad colectiva."

The Canadian porn king and the Caribbean paradise  11/20/2016 Toronto Star: "Randy Jorgensen made a fortune in the last millennium, selling sex when videotape was cutting-edge technology. He then reinvented himself as a land developer and seller of snowbird fantasies. But his Canadian retirement dream is, for indigenous people in Honduras, a nightmare."

“Rey del Porno” logra orden de captura contra otro dirigente garífuna  11/15/2016 Criterio, HN: "Apuntó que lastimosamente la alcaldía de Santa Fe está jugando un triste papel porque entrega documentos “leoninos” a favor de los extranjeros y en detrimento de los nativos de la comunidad. En ese orden denunció que el alcalde, Noel Ruiz, tiene intereses de proteger a los canadienses porque hace negocios con ellos mediante la venta de materiales de construcción a través de una empresa de su propiedad. Es así como “él está más a favor de los canadienses que de su propio pueblo”, cuestionó."

Honduras: Inversiones turísticas que cercenan territorios y fagocitan derechos ancestrales  11/13/2016 Alba Sud: "Este artículo se realiza en el marco del proyecto "Turismo responsable, derechos humanos y trabajo decente" ejecutado por Alba Sud con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona - Programa Barcelona Solidaria convocatoria 2015."

OFRANEH  1/21/2016 YouTube: "The Garifuna in Honduras are an indigenous people who have lived off the land for over two centuries along the Caribbean coast. Since 2007 Garifuna communities along the Trujillo region have been displaced from their ancestral lands through illegal expropriation and repression in order to make way for mega tourism projects. The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH by its Spanish acronym) has denounced Canadian investor, Randy Jorgensen’s two companies; Life Vision Developments (gated community projects) and Banana Coast (owns cruise ship terminal) tourism-related projects accused of illegal land purchases belonging to Garífuna communities."

El canadiense: Una cronología de usurpación de tierras Garífunas por Randy Jorgensen  12/13/2015 Criterio: "Defensores y líderes Garífunas que reclaman las tierras comunitarias enfrentan amenazas y ataques. El 27 de noviembre del 2015, Vidal Leiva, presidente del Comité de Defensa de Tierra de Cristales y Río Negro sufrió un atentado en el patio de su casa, recibiendo tres balazos. Sobrevivió y se está recuperando de las graves heridas en su torso, pero otros defensores de tierra en la zona han recibido amenazas."

Canadian Porn King on Trial for Tourism Projects in Honduras  11/15/2015 Los Despojados: "On November 13th, 2015, Canadian tourism developer Randy Jorgensen, aka “The Porn King”, appeared in court on charges of illegally appropriating ancestral Garifuna lands. The court ruled partially in Jorgensen’s favour, choosing not to go to a full trial for the time being, but local communities smell corruption and vow to appeal this ruling in Honduran courts and keep on fighting all the way to international tribunals, meaning that Jorgensen’s and others’ investments remain in legal limbo and could still be in jeopardy."

“Rey del Porno” canadiense comparece en audiencia acusado de usurpación del territorio Garífuna  11/13/2015 OFRANEH: "Después de varios años de espera, finalmente el canadiense Randy Jorgensen comparecerá el día de hoy ante el Juzgado de Trujillo, sindicado de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad Garífuna de Cristales y Río negro en Trujillo"

The Canadian "Porn King”, Tourism and the Corrupted Administration of Justice in Honduras  10/27/2015 Rights Action: "Lands of Garífuna communities of Trujillo Bay, on the north coast of Honduras, have been seized by Canadian investor Randy Jorgensen, known in Canada and in Honduras as the "Porn King.""

Las ciudades modelo (ZEDE), el “Rey del Porno” y la manipulación de la administración de justicia.  10/23/2015 OFRANEH: "El territorio de las comunidades garífunas de la bahía de Trujillo ha venido siendo saqueado por el empresario canadiense Randy Jorgensen, el que desde el año 2007 inició una serie de compras ilegales de tierra, además de usurpar tierras pertenecientes a la comunidad de Cristales y Río Negro. A pesar de haber sido notificada oportunamente la Fiscalía de las Etnias, sobre las acciones al margen de la ley emprendidas por el empresario canadiense conocido como el “Rey del Porno”, este logró apoderarse de buena parte de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios y algunos sectores de la playa de Santa fe y San Antonio. Posterior al golpe de estado, con el apoyo de la Municipalidad de Trujillo, invocando la Ley de Expropiación Forzosa (1913), se apropió de la comunidad de Río Negro, la que posteriormente demolió para la construcción del fallido muelle conocido como el Banana Coast."

Randy Jorgensen, the Canadian “Porn King”, To Appear in Honduran Courts for Illegal Possession of Garifuna Lands for Tourist Projects  10/23/2015 Aqui Abajo: "It is likely that many, if not all of these tourism-related investments are in serious risk, given that most, if not all recent tourism investment projects, going back to before the 2009 military coup, and particularly since the coup, are being constructed on Garifuna lands and territories that have been illegally acquired, in one fashion or another. Garifuna community and human rights defenders believe, and hope, that the usurpation charges against Randy Jorgensen are only the first of many legal challenges to come."

Son of former Honduras president Porfirio Lobo arrested by DEA in Haitian drug bust  5/21/2015 NY Daily News: "The son of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in an apparent anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Haitian authorities, the ex-president and the Honduran government confirmed Thursday."

Canada’s Controversial Engagement in Honduras  8/11/2014 Honduras - Country in Pain: "Since Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, Canada has cast an increasingly long shadow over the small Central American country’s economy and policy; a presence that has grown stronger since Honduras’ controversial 2009 coup. The self-proclaimed peacekeepers have since built a stronghold over Honduras via investment in industries and support for the illegitimate government created in the wake of the coup. Canada’s relationship with Honduras is emblematic of its shifting position within the international community, as an imperial presence, establishing and expanding industries in the less developed country at the expense of local citizens and the environment."

Randy Jorgensen - Banana Coast  3/19/2014 Noticias de Cruceros: "Randy Jorgensen, Director General de Grande Trujillo, autoridad administradora del puerto Banana Coast (Honduras), entrevistado en el marco de la Cruise Shipping Miami."

Honduras: Mega-Tourism and Garifuna Communities Collide  12/29/2013 Wilder Utopia: "Canadian “Porn King” Randy Jorgensen’s mega-tourism “development” projects are stirring conflict and destroying Afro-Caribbean Garífuna communities in Trujillo on the north coast of Honduras."

Honduras: Garifuna Communities Take Legal Action Against Canada's 'Porn King'  1/11/2012 Intercontinental Cry: by OFRANEH - "The Porno King has received a huge amount of support from Mr. Ramón Lobo Soso, the brother of President Porfirio Lobo, which has allowed him to cut through any red tape and avoid the opposition mounted by Garífuna communities against the pressure upon them and dispossession of their lands. On June 21 of this year, Jorgenson received a ‘special award’ from Lobo during a ministerial cabinet session in Trujillo. The Canadian received financing from the Canadian Shield Fund, the controversial mining company Barrick Gold, and the company Canadian Oil and Gas, which provided funds to Life Vision Properties, the company under which the Porno King hides his name."

Garifuna Communities of Trujillo Take Legal Action Against Canadian Porn King OFRANEH: Garifuna Communities of Trujillo Take Legal Action Against Canadian Porn King  12/15/2011 Friendship Office of the Americas: "On Monday, December 13th, leaders from the communities of Cristales and Río Negro, part of the Municipality of Trujillo, accompanied by OFRANEH, presented a lawsuit to render null and void various fraudulent contracts for sales of community lands held by Canadian Randy Roy Jorgensen."

Canada backs profits, not human rights, in Honduras  8/16/2011 Toronto Star: by Todd Gordon - "Canada is one of the largest foreign investor nations in the country, with over $600 million in investment, according to Ambassador Cameron Mackay. Canadian companies play leading roles in mining, maquilas and tourism, and are central actors in the recent announcement of plans for a tourism-focused model city, the first such city announced. When I was in Honduras in June, I spoke with activists organizing against Canadian companies in all these industries. They spoke of being displaced from their land, environmental destruction and exploitative working conditions. Some alleged they had received death threats for their opposition to Canadian company practices."

Selling Snow Birds on Honduras  12/14/2010 The Tyee: ""I'd like to tell everyone to come to Honduras and that it's a tranquil place and everything is beautiful, but you think I'd be successful with that message?" asked deposed tourism minister Ricardo Martínez, after showing footage of riots and repression in Tegucigalpa during a presentation to the Central American Travel Market. "Well, Central America is Central America," says Jorgensen, when asked about the safety of travelling and living in Honduras. He says Trujillo is a small town, and the "really bad guys" tend to stay away from the area."
 

Links/Enlaces

arribaofraneh.wordpress.com/tag/patrick-forseth/

Groups fighting Canadian mining interests

www.facebook.com/unitedforminingjustice

rightsaction.org/

 

Who to contact on this matter


Ambassador Michael Gort, Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua, Tel: (504) 2232-4551; Michael.gort@international.gc.ca; tglpa@international.gc.ca

Isabelle Solon Helal, Governance Specialist, Natural Resources and Governance Division, isabelle.solohelal@international.gc.ca

Jason Smith, U.S. government Human Rights and Labor representative, SmithJA6@state.gov (with copy to GromovichG@state.gov)

More information

OFRANEH (Organizacion Fraternal Negra Hondureña), garifuna@ofraneh.org, www.ofraneh.org, http://www.ofraneh.wordpress.com 

Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network, Spring.kj@gmail.com
Grahame Russell, Rights Action, info@rightsaction.org

Contactarriba

garifunawebmailatgmail.com

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