Honduras: 100+ orgs call for access to justice & measures of non-repitition

Honduras: One month after the murder of two defenders of the Guapinol and San Pedro Rivers, CIVICUS joins human rights organisations calling for compliance with international obligations to guarantee access to justice and measures of non-repetition

One month after the terrible murders on January 7 of Ali Dominguez and Jairo Bonilla, water and environmental defenders of the Guapinol community, the Observatory for Justice of the Guapinol River Defenders and the undersigned national and international organisations call on representatives of the Government of Honduras to assume their international human rights obligations. 

The defense of the Botaderos Mountain "Carlos Escaleras" National Park and the Guapinol and San Pedro rivers has raised an international alert about the reaches of the extractivist model that still operates in Honduras, maintaining the permanent risk to entire communities and aggravating the human rights situation of those who live in these territories. Despite the extensive and exhaustive documentation of the situation of risk of the Municipal Committee of Common and Public Goods of Tocoa (CMDBCPT) and their multiple public alerts, the Honduran State has not responded in an effective way to the critical situation of danger of the defenders of the CMDBCPT, Guapinol, San Pedro sector and their families, omitting its international responsibility to grant protection to defenders, the due, prompt and impartial investigation of the facts, as well as the guarantee of non-repetition.

Likewise, we express the urgent need to guarantee the reliable, exhaustive and impartial investigation that clarifies the double murder of the Guapinol defenders, identifying the causes and the relationship with their work in defense of the rivers and the environment, as well as the acts of violence previously denounced and that remain unpunished due to the lack of substantive advances in the investigation stages. We support the request presented on January 17 for the investigation to be transferred from the Public Prosecutor's Office of Tocoa to the Special Prosecutor's Office for Crimes Against Life, with the assistance of the Technical Agency for Criminal Investigation, since the same local prosecutor's office played a key role in the criminalization of defenders, including Ali Dominguez, the arbitrary detention of others for more than two years, and the violent eviction of the "Water and Life" camp. 

In addition, the State must move forward in halting and repairing the environmental damage caused by the mining megaproject operating in the Botaderos Mountain, canceling projects that, being illegal, operate the State’s complicity and other companies that shields them from any responsibility. It is necessary that the origin of the various socio-environmental conflicts in Honduran territory be addressed from a human rights perspective and that the demands of those who inhabit the territories be met.

The Observatory for Justice for the Guapinol River Defenders and the national and international organizations subscribing to this communication regret that, despite a hopeful change of government for Honduras and the region, the patterns of violence against communities and Indigenous and peasant peoples continue, favoring private interests and the accumulation of wealth.

We recognize and support the work of human rights defenders in Honduras and stand in solidarity with the victims of reprisals and their families.

The undersigned subscribe to this communication:

  • Acción Ecuménica por los Derechos Humanos AEDH - Honduras
  • Alianza Américas - United States
  • Alianza Centroamericana Frente a la Minería - ACAFREMIN - Centroamérica
  • Alternativa de Reivindicación Comunitaria y Ambientalista de Honduras ARCAH - Honduras
  • Amazing Amy Harlib: Eccentric Yoga Entertainer, Yoga For Peace, Justice, Harmony With the Planet - United States
  • Asociación Americana de Juristas (AAJ) - Regional
  • Asociación de Jueces por la Democracia (AJD) - Honduras
  • Asociación Entrepueblos - España
  • Asociación para una Ciudadanía Participativa (ACI PARTICIPA) - Honduras
  • ASOPODEHU - Honduras
  • Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN) - Canada
  • Bagaicha Social Research and Training Centre - India 
  • Basoa Casa de Defensoras - Euskal Herria 
  • Bufete Justicia para los Pueblos - Honduras
  • Canadian Jesuits International - Canada
  • Cefa. Centro de Estudios y Capacitación Familiar - Panama
  • Centro de Derechos de Mujeres (CDM) – Honduras
  • Centro de Derecho Ambiental Internacional CIEL - Honduras
  • Centro de Desarrollo Humano. CDH - Honduras
  • Centro de Estudio para la Democracia (CESPAD) - Honduras
  • Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos CIPRODEH - Honduras
  • Centro de Reflexión y Acción Social Padre Juan Montalvo – Dominican Republic
  • Centro Por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL) - Costa Rica
  • CIVICUS - Internacional
  • CLADEM - El Salvador
  • CLADEM Bolivia - Bolivia
  • CLADEM CHUBUT - Argentina
  • CLADEM Oaxaca - Mexico
  • Cladem Paraguay - Paraguay 
  • Cladem Uruguay - Uruguay
  • Clínica de Derechos Humanos, Universidad de Ottawa - Canada
  • Colectivo de Abogados "José Alvear Restrepo" - Colombia
  • Comité Ambiental de Guapinol - Honduras
  • Comité del Medio Ambiente y DDHH del NLG - United States
  • Comité Mesoamericano del NLG - United States
  • Comité Municipal de Defensa de Bienes Comunes y Públicos de Tocoa - Honduras
  • Comité para los Derechos Humanos en América Latina - Canada
  • Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre) - Honduras
  • Common Frontiers - Canada
  • Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) - -Honduras
  • Consejo Indígena Lenca de Reitoca - Honduras
  • Convergencia Contra el Continuismo - Honduras
  • Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguan (COPA) - Honduras
  • Due Process of Law Foundation - Regional
  • Earthworks - United States
  • Entreculturas - España
  • Entrepueblos - España
  • Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC-SJ) - Honduras
  • Equipo Jurídico por los Derechos Humanos - Honduras
  • "Estudios para la Dignidad", Bufete de Derechos Humanos - Honduras
  • FDCL (Centro de Investigación y Documentación Chile-América Latina) - Alemania
  • Festivales Solidarios - Guatemala
  • FIDH, en el marco del Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos - Francia
  • Foro Honduras Suiza – Suiza
  • Front Line Defenders - Irlanda
  • Fundación Alboan - España
  • GHRC-USA - United States/Guatemala
  • Gremio Nacional de Abogadas y Abogados (NLG) - Filial de la Bahia de San Francisco, CA - United States
  • Guatemala Solidarity Project - United States
  • Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) - Canada y United States
  • Human Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, United States
  • Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos -Mesoamerica
  • Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti - United States
  • Institute for Policy Studies - Global Economy Program - United States
  • Instituto Latinoamericano para un Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos -ILSA - Colombia
  • JASS - Mesoamerica
  • Justice in Mining Network - Internacional
  • Latin America Working Group (LAWG) - United States
  • MAWO - Canada
  • Mesa Nacional de Incidencia para la Gestión del Riesgo Región Centro - Honduras
  • Movimiento Ambientalista Santabarbarense (MAS) - Honduras
  • Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia - Honduras
  • Mujeres Socialistas - Honduras
  • National Lawyers Guild International Committee - United States
  • NLG Task Force on the Americas – United States
  • Oficina Ecuménica por la Paz y la Justicia - Alemania
  • Oficina Jurídica para la Mujer - Bolivia
  • OFRANEH - Honduras
  • Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT), en el marco del Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de Derechos Humanos - Suiza
  • Plataforma Agraria - Honduras
  • Plataforma Internacional Contra la Impunidad - Honduras/Guatemala/Suiza
  • Plataforma por Honduras en Madrid - España
  • Protection International Mesoamerica - Organización Regional
  • Red de comunidades impactadas por IFIs - América Latina
  • Red de Mujeres del Consejo Indígena Lenca de Reitoca - Honduras
  • Red Internacional de Promotores ODS - Honduras
  • Red Nacional de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en Honduras - Honduras
  • REMUPRO – Honduras
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Rights Action - Canada/United States
  • Romero Initiative e.V. - Alemania
  • Salvemos El Río Danto - Honduras
  • Santa Clara University - International Human Rights Clinic - United States
  • Serso Honduras - Honduras
  • SHARE - United States
  • Sisters of Mercy Justice Team, Washington, DC - United States
  • Sustentarse - Chile
  • Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia de los Pueblos en Movimiento (TICPM) - Mexico/Colombia/Perú/Ecuador/United States
  • Trócaire - Honduras
  • Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos -Guatemala (UDEFEGUA) - Guatemala
  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) - United States
  • University of San Francisco Master in Migration Studies Program - United States
  • Voces y Manos - Guatemala
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