A delegation of academics, human rights and labor activists, Canadian and U.S. citizens, many with extensive experience in Honduras, organized by U.S. and Canadian-based human rights groups Rights Action and Alliance for Global Justice, visited Honduras from May 19-28, 2012.
The purpose of the delegation was to document the extreme violations against Hondurans’ human rights by private military and the Honduran, United States, and other governments.
We began in San Pedro Sula, where we traveled to the Aguan Valley to visit many campesino organizations to witness the violent oppression they face due to land conflict.
We then visited the community of Ahuás in the Department of Gracias a Dios in a region known as La Moskitia located in eastern Honduras. During this visit, we documented testimonies of community members regarding the massacre that involved the DEA which occurred on May 11th, 2012 and met with a number of indigenous rights organizations.
After, we returned to the northwestern region of Honduras to meet with a number of workers advocacy groups, specifically addressing the plight of maquiladora workers and union members.
We then made our way to Tegucigalpa, where we met with a number of activists regarding the National Front of Popular Resistance, the model/charter cities currently being developed to promote economic “recovery”, the dramatic increase of hate crimes and assassinations against the LGBT community, and the continued fight against impunity by the people of Honduras and the organization COFADEH.