Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Murder of Honduran Activists Sparks International Criticsm

After the military coup that overthrew president Manuel Zelaya in 2009, farmworkers took over approximately 27,000 acres of farmland, numerous people have died on the fight over occupied lands

A newly planted African oil palm plantation in Honduras, photo: Flickr
11 months ago

MEXICO CITY — The murder of two agricultural activists in Honduras set off a wave of international criticism.

The leader of the Unified Movement of Farmworkers of Aguán (MUCA) José Ángel Flores and fellow activist Silmer Dionisio George were shot dead on Tuesday in Northeast Honduras as they left a meeting in the town of Tocoa.

Over the past few years, the MUCA has seized thousands of acres of land, most of which were private plantations of African oil palm previously grown by members of the movement under a cooperative scheme.

U.S. ambassador to Honduras James Nealon issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the murders. Nealon offered to make U.S. resources available to the Honduran government in order to find the perpetrators.

 

 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Honduras stated that both Flores and George had been appointed to receive protection from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) since 2014. According to the statement Flores had reported an attempted murder against him on April 2015.

A spokesman from the Honduran Interior Ministry said an official statement was being prepared; however, the government had still not commented on the situation by Wednesday night.

On May 2010, the Honduran government and the MUCA agreed to halt the violence on the Valle Bajo Aguán. The government promised to return over 27,000 acres of land to farmworkers of which only 10,000 have been delivered according to the statement from the United Nations.

Amnesty International noted that Honduras has become a “lawless land” for activists.

 

CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Sports

Prosecutors to Argue Pistorius should ge ...

1 hour ago
Business

Global Shares Drift as Investors Pause A ...

1 hour ago
World

German WWI U-Boat Found off Belgium with ...

1 hour ago
World

Moscow Unveils Monument to Kalashnikov, ...

1 hour ago
Most Popular

Hurricane Maria Smashes Dominica, Now Me ...

By The Associated Press
World

Weekly Horoscopes

By Nicole DeFuria
Living

German WWI U-Boat Found off Belgium with ...

By The Associated Press
World

Global Shares Drift as Investors Pause A ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Moscow Unveils Monument to Kalashnikov, ...

By The Associated Press
World