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HRD Attack

22 Jan 2020

Moises Sánchez

Incident date
22 Jan 2020
Date accuracy
All Correct
Lawsuits & regulatory action: General
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Honduras
Fyffes Ireland Food & beverage
Other actors


Moises Sánchez faces the possibility of 30 years in prison on four charges related to the usurpation of private land to build a community access road. Moises is a resident of La Permuta, a small village in the municipality of Santa Ana de Yusguare, in Choluteca Deparment. In 2018, La Permuta’s village assembly voted to build a road because there had been no road access; residents had to cross rivers to get to the closest city, Choluteca. The mayor of the municipality agreed and offered land that he said was public land. Nearly two years later, a private landowner came forward saying the land was hers and pressed charges for “criminal usurpation.” Over a number of years, this landowner has leased other properties she owns to Fyffes, an international fruit company, based in Ireland. The criminal charges against Moises Sánchez appear to be in retaliation for his labour union activity on Fyffes melon farms.