Urgent: Call Trujillo Police 011 504 2434-3211 & write US Embassy Nathan Macklin MacklinNL@state.gov

From Annie Bird of Rights Action:
Urgent - Call Trujillo Police - 011 504 2434-3211 and write the US Embassy - Nathan Macklin - MacklinNL@state.gov

Today it is expected that the police and military may attempt to evict four farms in the municipality of Trujillo but near the town of Tocoa, one of these evictions could result in the destruction of two clandestine graves of campesinos suspected to have been killed by Palm oil corporation's security forces..

Yesterday one similar eviction was stopped, however a campesina woman from the same campesino movement was kidnapped, raped and tortured in a different farm at as the eviction was stopped. Campesinos and local human rights activists suspect security forces involvement in the crime..

The first case, the Finca Paso Aguan / Panama, the entrance to the farm is being blocked by campesinos since a clandestine cemetery was discovered on the Farm and the campesinos demand investigation before the evidence can be destroyed by security forces. On July 3 Gregorio Chavez was kidnapped from his garden in the neighboring community of Panama and dragged into the Paso Aguan farm. Neighbor and police searched the farm and identified a shallow grave which was exhumed on July 6. When the grave was discovered Dinant Corporation private security guards together with military officers who had set up a checkpoint in the highway near the entrance of the farm evacuated the area, some military officers were transported in Dinant vehicles. Over the following 12 days the search continued for two other campesinos who were suspected to be buried in the farm, and what appears to be two graves have been located. Campesinos are blocking the entrance to the farm but fear eviction today which could result in the destruction of the graves by the same security forces suspected to have participated in the murders.

It is also suspected that three nearby farms, San Esteban, El Despertar and La Trinidad will be evicted today, also in the jurisdiction of Trujillo. The eviction order was issued by a judge in the Tocoa jurisdiction who did not have the authority to sign the order, who signed it in a time when such cases could not be reviewed and beyond the legally mandated time frame in which a petition of the kind he received could have been accepted.

These farms had been turned over to campesinos on June 29 after evicting Miguel Facusse's security guards, following a court ruling in favor of the campesinos after an 18 year court battle in which campesinos proved that the land "sale" that had been made to Miguel Facusse supposedly by cooperatives had been a fraudulent and illegal transaction.

Yesterday an attempted eviction in a related case in the nearby municipality of Tocoa was stopped because there was a good level of presence of human rights observers, lawyers, journalists, etc. who were able to identify illegalities pretty quickly. The eviction order in this case also was issued by a judge in the Tocoa jurisdiction who did not have the authority to sign the order, who signed it in a time when such cases could not be reviewed and beyond the legally mandated time frame in which a petition of the kind he received could have been accepted. In addition, the executing judge the judge assigned to carry out the eviction was one of the interested parties, the head of security for Miguel Facusse's company Dinant, which is illegal.