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Four Important Human Rights Delegations to Honduras PDF Print E-mail
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.

Honduras ResisteJust 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
September 8-17, 2011 with optional 2 day extension

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.

Program Goals:

  • Meet with the Afro-Honduran Garifuna peoples and learn about their fight to save their culture and communities
  • Travel to the Aguan Valley where campesino communities have been facing assassinations and evictions.
  • Meet with Honduran journalists
  • Speak with human rights defenders
  • Learn about the diversity of Honduran Resistance Movement
  • Help to monitor the Resistance march on September 15th in San Pedro Sula

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.

Fundraising: Don't let the cost stop you from participating! Scholarships: A limited amount of scholarship funds are available. Please contact us for a scholarship application. Applications due Aug 10th but applications accepted after this date if space allows . Contact a delegation coordinator: Tanya Cole This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 805-421-9708 or Dale Sorenson 415-669-7828 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Vicki Cervantes 312-259-5042 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Artists in Resistance and Aguan Accompaniment Delegation
Sponsored by: Colectivo Morazan
October 14-28, 2010 (dates flexible)

Centered around Dia de Artistas en Resistencia, October 21st and Aguan Valley.

First week -- contextual information, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa
Second week in the Aguan.

Cost: $750-$950 (estimated total international flight and in country cost) Self-fundraising encouraged.
No specific deadline, just find a way down there. Shared housing, food, public buses. Bring a sleeping bag and lots of flexibility.

For more information contact: Aaron Montenegro This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 626-755-1376


Honduras: Human Rights Two Years After the Coup
Sponsored by: Witness for Peace
October 14, 2011 - October 24, 2011

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:
• Democracy Imperiled: Since the coup in 2009, human rights violations and impunity have been widespread. The U.S.government actions and policies, however, are different from their rhetoric.
• Murder of Honduran Journalists: A clear pattern of assassinations of those who question the coup and report on uncomfortable matters.
• Rise in Drug Trafficking and Violence as the U.S. funded militarization of the "drug war" puts Hondurans at risk.
• Impact of Central America's Largest U.S. military base:raising issues of sovereignty and indigenous rights, endangering communities, and bringing a host of social problems.
• Plan for Solidarity: Discover together how to best act in solidarity with the people of Honduras; plan collective & individual action.
• The Reasons for Immigration: The myriad ways that "El Sueno del Norte" (The Dream of the North) pulls Honduran society out of shape.

Cost: $950 (excluding international airfare)

For more information: John Katula 401 783-0610 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Accompaniment and Food Sovereignty Delegation
January 6-15, 2012
Sponsored by: Alliance for Global Justice

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

While the highly experienced delegation leaders will make every effort to insure the personal safety of the delegates, we will be visiting communities that are the target of severe repression. We are looking for delegates with stable personalities who can function well in stressful situations, but at the same time do not thrive on conflict. This delegation is especially recommended for individuals considering becoming long-term accompaniers in Honduras.

 

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