Mar 14, 2014

Petition: Human rights defenders in Honduras need protection

The Honduran state is failing to protect peaceful protestors. Communities in the Rio Blanco area have been protesting a proposed hydroelectric dam on their lands since the project was first tabled. These environmental and human rights defenders have been subjected to persecution, detention, threats, kidnappings and killings. María Santos Domínguez, is the co-ordinator of the Organización del Consejo Indígena del Río Blanco y del Sector Norte de Intibucá (Indigenous Council of Río Blanco and the North of Intibucá). She and her family were brutally attacked last week because of their activism against the dam. Sign the petition below to insist that the Honduran government investigates the attack and works to protect human rights defenders.

 
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Last week María, a community organiser in Honduras, was brutally attacked by seven people with machetes, sticks and stones. Her community has firmly rejected plans to build a dam on their land. The government is not listening to them. In fact, authorities are looking the other way while these attacks intensify. Write to the Honduran government to demand protection for peaceful protestors and a full investigation into the savage attack on María Santos Domínguez and her family.

Ms María Santos Domínguez’s husband and son came to her rescue but were also attacked. Her son lost his ear following a blow with a machete. The activist and her family have faced death threats on many occasions. She is the co-ordinator of the Organización del Consejo Indígena del Río Blanco y del Sector Norte de Intibucá (Indigenous Coucil of Río Blanco and the North of Intibucá) and an emblematic leader in the struggle for the defence of the local Gualcarque river and the indigenous Lenca territory.

Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a human rights defender, owing to threats, defamation, judicial harassment, physical attacks and killings.

Friends of the Earth International roundly condemns the attempt on the life of human rights defender María Santos Domínguez, as well as the attack on her husband and son. Friends of the Earth International considers the attack to be directly related to the peaceful and legitimate work of María Santos Domínguez and the Organización del Consejo Indígena del Río Blanco y del Sector Norte de Intibucá.

Join us and demand that the Honduran government protect peaceful protestors and launch a full investigation into the savage attack on María Santos Domínguez and her family.

Thanks for your solidarity,

Friends of the Earth International

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