VERIFICATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN AGUAN, HONDURAS
(English version from Victoria Cervantes, La Voz de los de Abajo, firstname.lastname@example.org, Chicago)
The repression is growing against the campesinos in Bajo Aguan. In order to impede/avoid another massacre a delegation of national and international journalists and human rights organizations visits the locale where the events are occurring.
Silin, Colon, December 9, 2010.
A delegation of national and international press and human rights organizations arrived in the Aguan Valley to check into the continuing attacks that have been denounced by the campesino communities demanding the right to land.
The first evidence of the situation that the delegation found was that of five campesinos detained without legal proceedings by the heavily armed military and police wearing ski masks over their faces; they were forced to free the campesinos due to the presence of the national and international organizations.
Further along, arriving at the outskirts of the community of Guadalupe Carney, one of the most affected by the repression, the presence of the delegation was able to dissuade the government’s repressive forces from a violent eviction/displacement of the highway takeover that the campesinos have had in place for two days protesting the militarization of the zone and demanding that the regime find effective solutions to the agrarian conflict.
Father Fausto Milla, member of the True Commission asserted that the members were arriving at the local to fully investigate what was going on in the area and to let the world know the truth.
Police sources have confirmed the existence of some 300 capture orders against the campesinos. Will Paz, member of the resistance in the province of Colon, indicated that the repressive forces of the State are trying to show a distorted image of the campesino organizations, making them appear to be violent: “they have to show weapons in any possible way”.
The constant aggression that the campesinos in Aguan are suffering and the accusations that armed groups exist in the zone has again caught the attention of the international community so that journalists arrived in the country who are gathering first hand information to publish in Europe and North America.