08/07/2019

Urgent Action Update: Land Defenders in Río Blanco Still at Risk (Honduras: UA 64.19)


On 16 July, the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) reported new attacks that affected at least 25 families of the community of Río Blanco, Intibucá, Honduras, that saw their food crop intentionally destroyed next to the where Rosalina Dominguez, her four sons and two other members of the community of Río Blanco were threatened last 30 April and 1 May 2019. We urge the Minister of Human Rights to immediately guarantee the safety of members of Río Blanco and COPINH, and to further the investigations of any attacks against them.

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Karla Eugenia Cueva Aguilar
Ministerio de Derechos Humanos
Palmira, Edificio Torre Futura, Ave. República de Panamá,
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., Honduras
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Marlon Ramsses Tábora Muñoz
Embassy of Honduras
1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 966 2604 I Fax: 202 966 9751
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2Cst64i
Facebook: @EmbajadadeHondurasenlosEstadosUnidos
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Cueva,

I am concerned about recent attacks affecting at least 25 families of the community of Río Blanco, Intibucá. According to the Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), their food crop feeding 25 families was intentionally destroyed on 16 July. The attack occurred in the same area where Rosalina Dominguez, her four sons and two other members of the community were threatened last 30 April and 1 May 2019.

Given the history of attacks against Río Blanco community, that have been fighting for their rights around the construction of Agua Zarca dam in the Gualcarque River, I am worried for the risks of further attacks, including physical, against this community.

Therefore, I urge you to guarantee the safety of members of the community of Río Blanco and COPINH, in agreement with them, and to further the investigations of any attacks against them.

Yours sincerely,

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