| 06-10-2011

Honduras: Extreme violence against peasant communities in Bajo Aguán

The Bajo Aguán valley is witnessing an alarming situation of violence and repression against peasant communities: between January 2010 and early October 2011, 40 people involved in peasant organizations in the region were murdered. For several years, approximately 3,500 peasant families have claimed their right to food and access to agricultural lands in an environment infused with rural conflicts with the principal palm oil producers in the region. National and international human rights organizations have monitored the situation and concluded that the peasant communities are completely defenseless and unprotected against the authorities´ actions and omissions. Testimonies from the victims, their families and witnesses point to the private and public security forces as those responsible for the deaths, torture, threats and harassment of the peasant communities.

This case needs your URGENT ACTION, by writing to the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights in Honduras, Attorney Sandra Ponce, to demand that an investigation of the murders be conducted, the repression cease, and an effective solution to the rural conflict in accordance with the State´s obligations regarding the right to food be found. Please send a copy to the FIAN International Secretariat, who will submit the letters to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteurs, institutions of the European Union and other intergovernmental organizations.