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Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development'

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Expanding Palm Oil Empires In The Name Of 'Green Energy' And 'Sustainable Development'

Press Release By: Rights Action, Rainforest Rescue, Biofuelwatch and Food First

6th August 2013 – International environmental and human rights campaigners condemn the 4th Latin American Palm Oil Conference to be held by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Honduras on 6th-8th August

From 6th-8th August, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its 4th Latin American Conference on so-called sustainable palm oil in Honduras [1]. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). Environmental and social campaigners have been shocked to learn that one event sponsor is the palm oil company Dinant Corporation, owned and controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras. They are calling on World Wildlife Fund WWF and three other organisations to withdraw from and denounce the conference being held in Honduras due to the Dinant’s sponsorship of the event and the serious human rights implications [2].

More excuses for militarization in Honduras

The strong discourse of Honduran police corruption is being used as a justification for the intensification of the country's militarization. In international and national news for the past couple of days numerous stories have appeared using the menace of gang violence and police corruption to rationalize the military's takeover of the National Penitentiary, previously run by the national police.

Honduras will host the 4th Palm Oil Conference (celebrating the murder of peasants)

Shame—once again—on WWF for greenwashing the murderous palm oil industry. It is no wonder that DICTA waited until a week before the conference to announce it in the Honduran media. Click title for original article in La Tribuna

Honduras will host the 4th Palm Oil Conference
July 31, 2013 - 2:59 PM
(my translation)

State holds a meeting in (non-)response to Cardin letter

A "media note" from State today advertises that a Meeting of the U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Human Rights Working Group will take place on Wednesday:

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 29, 2013

The United States and Honduras will hold a meeting of the Bilateral Human Rights Working Group on July 31 in Washington, D.C.

More on the kidnapping of two Human Rights Accompaniers

  1. An Urgent Action, translated to English, from PROAH
  2. translation (from PROAH) of Giorgio Trucchi's article on the kidnapping, below:

Honduras: “Tragically, the terror that we experienced for two hours is part of daily life for this village” says the human rights observer who was held captive

Security measures

A week before coming to Honduras I was at a nice outdoor barbecue party with a lot of government employees and mosquitoes that did not carry the dengue virus. A Honduran friend, Dalia, happened to be there as well. At one point, standing with a small group of other party-goers, our conversation turned to Facebook. My general complaint, in addition to being monitored for nefarious purposes by the government and who-knows-what-else, is addiction.

Human Rights Accompaniers Kidnapped to Protect Mining Operation

Two days ago two international (French and Swiss) human rights accompaniers with PROAH were kidnapped by 7 heavily armed men reinforced by several dozen mine employees with machetes working for Lenir Pérez, son-in-law of Miguel Facussé. They had been staying with a family in El Zapote, near La Nueva Esperanza, to accompany them and the community as community members stood up to threats they had received for refusing to sell their lands to Pérez.

U.S. Government Cover-up Of Drug War "Ahuas" Killing of Four

US Embassy, DEA Obstructing Investigation Into Drug War Killings in Honduras
26 July 2013, by Sandra Cuffe and Karen Spring

More than a year has passed since a DEA-assisted drug war operation in the Honduran Moskitia killed four indigenous Miskitu civilians, and relatives of the victims are still looking for answers. Responses have been few and far between. Honduran judicial authorities highlight a lack of cooperation from the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, impeding their investigation.

What everyone's talking about in Honduras

Former(?) death squad leader Billy Joya in debate with David Romero and César Silva (as uploaded and titled by Joya himself):

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