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1 Feb 2017

Honduras: Global Witness report exposes killings & attacks against environmental & human rights defenders

Global Witness recently published a report on killings and attacks against indigenous and environmental human rights defenders in Honduras. The report concludes that “shocking levels of violence and intimidation suffered by rural communities for taking a stand against the imposition of dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land – projects that are controlled by rich and powerful elites, among them members of the political class. The root causes of these abuses are widespread corruption and the failure to properly consult those affected by these projects”.

Global Witness invited companies and actors to comment on the two-year investigation report.  Previously, the B&HRRC invited some of the companies to respond to the abuses documented in the document.  The cases and responses are available here:

  • La Aurora and Los Encinos dams; comments are included in the report
  • Mining project of Empresa Minera La Victoria
  • Agribusiness activities of Dinant
  • Hydroelectric project of DESA; comments are included in the report & other responses are available here
  • Logging in Tolupan land of company Velomato
  • Tourirsm project Indura Beach & Golf Resort; other responses are available here