|Four Important Human Rights Delegations to Honduras|
Sponsored by Member Groups of the Honduras Solidarity Network
September 2011 - January 2012
Accompaniment Saves Lives!
The human rights situation in Honduras continues to deteriorate despite the return of Manuel Zelaya, despite Honduras' re-entry in the Organization of American States and despite the 87 US congresspersons who signed a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning human rights violations in Honduras and calling for a stop of US military aid to the repressive Honduran military and police.
Just recently a young journalist of Radio Joconguera, Geremias Orrellana - 23 years old, was assassinated in Candelaria, Lempira making 14 the total number of journalists killed in Honduras since the June 2009 coup.
Two days later 2 campesinos were killed in Llanga, Trullijo of the Aguan Valley. The assassinations were of Luis Alonso Ortiz, president of the Marañones peasent cooperative, and Constantino Morales, director of the Isla I peasent cooperative. Both leaders of the "Left Bank" (Margen Izquierda) of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan (MUCA), and these assassinations bring the total number of murders by hired criminals believed to be connected with business magnate Miguel Facusse and other large landowners in the region to 45.
There are four delegations in coming months which by joining, you can witness for yourself the realities in Honduras and through your presence as an international observer you can contribute toward lowering the level of violence against the peasant movements.
Honduras Human Rights Monitoring Delegation
A Joint Delegation by Witness for Peace Southwest, Task Force on the Americas and La Voz de los de Abajo
This delegation will focus on the North Coast of Honduras from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba to the Aguan Valley with optional 2 day extension to the capital Tegucigalpa.
Participate in a 2 day extension to Tegucigalpa to meet with resistance groups and the US Embassy.
Cost: $850 (airfare not included) This includes all meals, accommodations, facilitation, translation, and transportation in Honduras. In addition, the fee covers an orientation/training session, extensive reading materials, and action tools distributed both before and after the delegation.
Artists in Resistance and Aguan Accompaniment Delegation
Centered around Dia de Artistas en Resistencia, October 21st and Aguan Valley.
First week -- contextual information, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa
Cost: $750-$950 (estimated total international flight and in country cost) Self-fundraising encouraged.
Honduras: Human Rights Two Years After the Coup
Honduras.... a vibrant country, with a diversity of rich cultural traditions, beautiful landscapes from beaches to mountains, and a visible history dating to pre-Columbian times. Also one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, just behind Haiti.
In many ways, Honduras lives in the shadow of the United States to an even greater extent than other Latin American countries. Honduras has been a strong ally of the United States for many years, and the lives of all Hondurans are greatly affected by our policy and economic decisions. Our government, however, pays scant attention to the lives of Hondurans when developing these policies and making these decisions.
Meet face-to-face with Hondurans in daily struggle to secure their people's well being. We'll address:
Cost: $950 (excluding international airfare)
For more information: John Katula 401 783-0610
Since the June 2009 military coup, large landowners in the fertile Aguan Valley of Northern Honduras have used the military, police, and private security guards, to terrorize villages and expand their lucrative African palm plantations. Aguan communities, however, have been peacefully resisting, refusing to abandon their lands and livelihoods. As a result, they have seen some of the worst repression in the country. The presence of international accompaniers here can make a real difference.
In July 2011, an Alliance for Global Justice accompaniment delegation stood arm in arm with the members of the rural community of Rigores in Aguan Valley, as security forces arrived to illegally evict them. After over three hours, the police finally left without incident, realizing they were in the spotlight of the international community. The delegation took photographs, notes and testimonials, which were key to recording the events in this isolated region, and disseminating the information internationally.
On this delegation, learn about the threats to democracy and food sovereignty in Honduras, including: the expansion of palm plantations for ‘agrofuels'; the displacement of coastal communities for ‘Cancun-style' tourism; and plans for large hydroelectric, mining and timber projects. These projects are being carried out by an illegitimate government, with funding from international investors and widespread repression. Astoundingly, campesinos are not only resisting but building alternatives. The Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan (MUCA), for instance, has defied its aggressors by growing organic food on occupied palm lands-including a fruit orchard, fish farm and livestock-for local self-sufficiency.
You will also learn about the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP), a broad-based non-violent movement for democracy that comprises every sector of Honduran civil society: from campesinos, urban workers and indigenous people to the LGBTQ community, artists, musicians and youth.
Join AfGJ National Coordinator Chuck Kaufman, long-time Honduras human rights accompanier with Rights Action, Karen Spring, and food policy analyst Tanya Kerssen from Food First, Jan. 6-15, 2012.
Cost: $850 covers two meals a day, hotel (double occupancy), translation, and in-country transportation including pick-up from and delivery to the San Pedro Sula airport. The fee does not cover international airfare. For an application, send an email to
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