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Special Thanks & Invitation to Those Fighting for Territorial Freedom & Justice for Guapinol

Español aquí. Tocoa, Colon, March 01, 2022 Open letter To the people and organizations in solidarity with Guapinol and Sector San Pedro, among various communities and organizations in the Municipality of Tocoa Colon. The Municipal Committee for the Defense of the Common and Public Goods of Tocoa, addresses the various organizations and individuals who have embraced the struggle undertaken by the Committee to defend water, the environment and territories as habitat and human s

After 914 Days of Illegal Detention, Freed Defenders Renew Commitment to Fight for Guapinol River

February 25, 2022 Tocoa, Honduras Español aquí. The defenders are finally at home. Credit Leonardo Guevara. The Guapinol and Sector San Pedro Water Defenders were finally released from illegal detention on February 24, 2022, after a 30-month battle for their freedom. They were part of the legitimate "For Water and Life" Protest Camp set up in the community of Guapinol after environmental contamination from an open-pit mining project in Carlos Escleras National Park caused ri

Trial of Guapinol River defenders to conclude this Friday in Honduras

Following the conclusions, the court should issue its acquittal - based on the facts presented in the case - immediately thereafter. For immediate release - February 2, 2022 Español aquí. The defenders invite everyone to join their trial. #GuapinolResiste #GuapinolInocente #FreedomForGuapinol Just as the Guapinol River Defenders completed 29 months of arbitrary detention (38 months in the case of Jeremías), we were notified that the hearing to present the conclusions in their

Guapinol Trial Will Resume Thursday While Supreme Court Fails to Rule on Arbitrary Detention

Español aquí January 11, 2022 One month after the defense of the Guapinol River Defenders filed a writ of recusal against the court presiding over the Guapinol trial, Judges Dilia Irasema Guillen Sanchez, Garin Enoc Urquia Castro and Joel Edgardo Serrano Carcamo of the Court of Appeals of La Ceiba have ruled to dismiss the legal action and the trial is set to resume this Thursday in Tocoa. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Justice has FAILED to rule on the Habeas Corpus action

Supreme Court Must Release Arbitrarily Detained Guapinol River Defenders in Time for Christmas

- For immediate release - Español here Plenary of the Supreme Court should revoke the Criminal Chamber's illegal resolution to extend arbitrary preventive detention and send the Guapinol River defenders home for Christmas. Tegucigalpa, December 14, 2021 The Plenary of the Supreme Court of Justice must immediately resolve the release of the defenders in arbitrary detention for more than 27 months so that they can finally spend this Christmas with their families, this in respon

Alert For Serious Injustices in Trial of Guapinol River Defenders

Español aquí Alert at the end of the first day of trial The Municipal Committee of Tocoa, in the "Justice & Freedom for the Eight Guapinol and San Pedro River Defenders" Camp in front of the court of Tocoa for the duration of the oral and public trial, expresses concern about the action of the Public Ministry by presenting an additional alleged crime against the defenders in the final stage of the judicial process and at the same time we regret the decision of the court to ad

Court prepares to convict Guapinol defenders in secret

For immediate release Español aquí The Guapinol Case seems doomed to regress to an inquisition-type trial where opacity guarantees ease of arbitrary actions to convict the defenders, according to the legal defense team that today was notified that judges Franklin Marvin Arauz Santos, Ricardo Geovanny Rodríguez Barahona and Henry Geovany Duarte Zaldivar have denied the request for observation and transmission. "Once again, the Court has demonstrated why it is not suitable to p

Grassroots uprising in the face of the climate crisis: #COP26 and the Guapinol case

Español On route to the trial of the eight Guapinol and Sector San Pedro water defenders: In-depth interviews - Disappointments of COP26 and the importance of the Guapinol Defenders case in Honduras. Twenty days before the Oral and Public Trial of the Guapinol and San Pedro River Defenders, the first cycle of interviews "On the Road to the Trial: In-depth Interviews" was held, a space for analysis and reflection on environmental protection and the serious consequences of the

Guapinol: Why Yesterday's Arbitrary Ruling to Move Trial Location is so Repudiable

Español aquí In just three weeks, eight water defenders from Guapinol and Sector San Pedro in Honduras will go to trial. In what is yet another arbitrary ruling, judges Franklin Marvin Arauz Santos, Ricardo Rodríguez Barahona and Henry Geovany Duarte Zaldivar notified the legal team yesterday that the trial location will move to La Ceiba - their motivation? Ensuring no one exercizes their right to protest during the legal proceedings. Peaceful assembly has been one of the onl

Collusion between Rolando Argueta & Lenir Perez keeps Guapinol defenders in illegal detention

Español aquí - for immediate release Olanchito, Honduras | October 28, 2021 See conference on FBLive: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=search&v=408857080704821 In a ruling without any legal basis, the Trujillo Court has ordered the arbitrary detention of eight Honduran water defenders. The ruling, which comes a day late after a pre-trial detention review hearing, shows once again not only the lack of judicial independence but also the deep complicity between the highe

Guapinol: Hoy se necesita tu apoyo | Your support needed today

Acciones en inglés y español a continuación | Actions in English and Spanish below. English below 📢¡Acompáñanos! En persona durante la audiencia de revision de medidas en el Tribunal de Trujillo o a travé s de tus redes sociales. 🔴Exige con nosotrxs la libertad para los 8 compañeros defensores de Guapinol. 🎥Graba un vídeo o toma una foto con el #LibertadParaGuapinol exigiendo la libertad inmediata de los compañeros en la audiencia de revisión de medidas que se realizara e

2 YEARS OF ARBITRARY DETENTION IN HONDURAS

Español aquí Day of online action for the freedom of the Guapinol and Sector San Pedro Water Defenders. Share the suggested messages or make your own and download the images for your social networks. Guapinol and Sector San Pedros defenders are innocent - demand #FreedomForGuapinol. Two years have passed since José Daniel Márquez Márquez, Kelvin Alejandro Romero Martínez, José Abelino Cedillo, Porfirio Sorto Cedillo, Orbín Nahúm Hernández, Arnold Javier Alemán, Ewer Alexander

Guapinol - Innocent!

Two years of torture in a Honduran jail for defending community water sources from destructive iron oxide mining. Español aquí Three years ago, on August 1, 2018, people from Guapinol, Sector San Pedro and neighboring communities in the municipality of Tocoa, Honduras, set up Camp For Water and Life to protect Carlos Escaleras National Park and the community's water sources from open-pit iron oxide mining. In response, 32 people were criminalized and the camp was illegally ev

Guapinol: Actualización | Update 19/03/2021

Esta semana: Noticias y Acciones para la protección del Parque Nacional Carlos Escaleras y la Libertad de los Defensores del Agua de Guapinol This week: News & Actions for the Protection of the Carlos Escaleras National Park and Freedom of Guapinol Water Defenders. ESPAÑOL. Keep reading English below. Jeremías Martínez es absuelto por los delitos de usurpación y daños en perjuicio de la empresa minera Inversiones Los Pinares, acusación promovida por MP de Tocoa, PGR e Inversi

Honduras blatantly lies in public hearing before IACHR regarding situation of Guapinol Defenders

Español aquí. We denounce the blatant lies of the Honduran State in the public hearing "Human Rights and Extractive Projects in Honduras", held before the IACHR on March 19, 2021. This hearing was requested through an articulation of civil society organizations including the Tocoa Municipal Committee in Defense of Common and Public Assets. Today, before the IACHR and the national and international human rights community, Nelson Molina, Director of Human Rights and Internation

Urgent Action: Immediately release Guapinol defenders in high risk

Leer en español aquí. URGENT ACTION GUAPINOL, HONDURAS March 13, 2021 | Honduras On February 9, 2021, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention sent a strong and clear message to Honduras: Immediately release the eight imprisoned Guapinol defenders. In its resolution 85/2020, the Working Group stressed that there is no legal reason for the use of pre-trial detention in the case of defenders José Daniel Márquez Márquez, Kelvin Alejandro Romero Martínez, José Abelino Cedillo,

Guapinol: Jeremías Martínez, in detention 26 months, faces trial this week

Español aquí This week: Jeremías Martínez, criminalized by Los Pinares mining company and the Public Prosecutor's Office of Tocoa for defending the Guapinol and San Pedro rivers in Carlos Escaleras National Park, faces trial. Monday, February 22nd - Thursday, February 25th Courtroom 1, National Jurisdiction Sentencing Tribunal Supreme Court of Justice, Tegucigalpa FB Live Broadcast: Guapinol Despierta Jeremías Martínez, a 60-year-old peasant leader, was captured in Tocoa in

Una actualización importante del caso Guapinol | An important update on the Guapinol case

1. La Corte de Apelaciones de La Ceiba no ha cumplido con su obligación de resolver sobre la prisión preventiva de 8 defensores de Guapinol ilegalmente encarcelados desde el 1 de septiembre de 2019. Un hilo sobre la #LibertadParaGuapinol 1. The Court of Appeals of La Ceiba has not fulfilled its obligation to rule on the pre-trial detention of 8 Guapinol defenders illegally imprisoned since September 1, 2019. A thread about #LibertadParaGuapinol. 2. Defensores encarcelados i

January 27: Day of Online Action to Demand Freedom For Guapinol River Defenders in Honduras

Español aquí. It's an important day in the Guapinol case. The Appeals Court of La Ceiba must decide whether or not to grant freedom to the water defenders who have been illegally jailed 515 days. Read more here. Share a message, photo or short video demanding freedom for our comrades. Use #FreedomForGuapinol **Tag the Judiciary!** @PJdeHonduras on Twitter & Poder Judicial de Honduras on Facebook Follow us on Twitter at @guapinolre and on Facebook at Guapinol Despierta for up-

Honduran Court of Appeals Must Release Guapinol River Defenders This Week

Urgent press release Español here. Honduras - Monday, January 25, 2021 The illegally imprisoned Guapinol River defenders must be released this week by the Court of Appeals of La Ceiba who now have the case in their hands. Last Friday, Magistrates Irasema Guillén, Rubenia Galeano, Jimmy Chirinos and Garín Enoc Urquía, received the appeal against the arbitrary December 19, 2020 ruling issued by Judge Zoé Guifarro of the Court of Appeals of Tocoa, who, without legal basis, denie