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Honduras: The deadliest place to defend the planet [Report]

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 2 February 2017

The case studies in this report bring to light new evidence of the corrupt and criminal acts that are driving this violence, allowing well-connected Hondurans to push through their business deals at huge cost to whole communities and the environment. They include the stories of:

  • Ana Miriam and her sister-in-law Rosaura, both pregnant, who were beaten after reporting threats for opposing the Los Encinos hydroelectric project  [of  Inversiones Encinos S.A. and Inversiones Aurora S.A]…When asked to comment by Global Witness on these allegations, Gladis López denied any involvement in the consultation meeting for the Los Encinos project…Her husband Arnold Castro denied any responsibility for attacks against indigenous activists…
  • Seven men have been charged with the murder of Berta Cáceres, two of whom have links to DESA, the company that owns the Agua Zarca dam…The Dutch development bank FMO, together with Finnish government-owned Finnfund, and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) are financing DESA’s construction of the Agua Zarca dam… When asked to comment by Global Witness on these allegations, DESA denied any involvement…
  • Concepción Gutiérrez, who reported being threatened for refusing to sell her land to a mining company [Buena Vista I Mine of Empresa Minera La Victoria] owned by businessman Lenir Pérez. The international observers assigned to her protection were abducted….Lenir Pérez’s father-in-law was Miguel Facussé, one of Honduras’ wealthiest businessmen…[b]efore his death...Facussé owned Dinant, an agribusiness and biofuels giant accused of serious human rights violations, including the murder of scores of smallscale farmers opposed to palm oil plantations in Bajo Aguán, northern Honduras. Global Witness approached Lenir Pérez and David Zaccaro for comment on these allegations but received no responses…
  • Tolupan indigenous leaders Armando Fúnez Medina, Ricardo Soto Fúnez, and María Enriqueta who were shot and killed whilst taking part in a peaceful protest against the passage of mining and logging trucks through their territory. [The ex-general’s’s nephew, Kenton Uclés, has also been embroiled in conflict with the Tolupan…His logging company Velomato was reportedly granted an illegal concessions]… Global Witness approached Lenir Pérez and David Zaccaro for comment on these allegations but received no responses...
  • The Afro-Honduran community of Barra Vieja, who resisted attempts by police and government officials to forcibly evict them from their land, in favour of a five-star hotel complex [Desarrollo Turístico Bahía de Tela…Hilton became associated with the Indura Beach and Golf Result project in 2016]… Global Witness approached Desarrollo Turístico Bahía de Tela for comment on these allegations but received no response….

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Related companies: Desarrollo Turístico Bahía de Tela (DTBT) Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA) Dinant Indura Beach & Golf Resort (part of Trust Hospitality) Los Encinos Trust Hospitality