[26/01/2020] Coordination of Popular Organisations of Aguán (Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguán (COPA)

Gender: Not applicable

Location of the incident: Honduras

Counting Unit: Group, organisation or institution

Affiliation on the individual / type of group: Human rights group

Specific attack on the HRD(s) / Rights of the HRD(s) affected by the incident:

  • Intimidation & threats

Date of the incident: Sun 26 Jan 2020

Date accuracy: All correct

Summary of the incident: The Coordination of Popular Organisations of Aguán (Coordinadora de Organizaciones Populares del Aguán (COPA) is an organisations that defends human rights in the South of Honduras. It's members have been threatened and attacked due to their activism defending their territory from the imposition of economic projects, including the mining company, Inversiones Los Pinares. On 26th January 2020 their offices were broken into despite the organisation having been given precautionary protection measures by the Interamerican Human Rights Commission. National and international organisations have expressed concern about the increased risks for defenders in the country, specifically those who defend the environment, their land and territory.

Related Company/Companies:


Name: Empresa Minera Inversiones los Pinares

Company sector: Mining

Headquarters: Headquarters in Honduras

Alleged degree of company involvement: Indirect

Issues the HRD is/was working on:

  • Environment: General

Sources of information:

https://defensoresenlinea.com/pese-a-tener-medidas-de-la-cidh-nuevamente-atacan-oficina-y-personal-de-copa/

https://criterio.hn/policia-detiene-ilegalmente-a-defensor-del-aguan/