Urgent Alert In Solidarity with Garifunas in Vallecito, Honduras
URGENT ALERT in Solidarity with Garifunas in Vallecito, Honduras!
Paramilitary groups armed to the teeth threaten Garifuna communities and could perpetuate a massacre.
CALL FOR URGENT ACTION!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Six Garifuna cooperatives that have recovered lands, such that they possess titles of full dominion in the community of ICOTEA, Vallecito, Colon department, (Honduras) lands that have been invaded by latinos in collusion with Miguel Facusse,(the largest landholder in Honduras) with the complicity of Cesar Ham, minister of the National Agrarian Institute (INA), are experiencing at this moment the threat of paramilitaries mobilized on motorcycles and 4 x 4 vehicles with heavy weapons of war who could massacre the peaceful Garifuna inhabitants who are resisting the displacement from their ancestral territories of which they have legal ownership title.
We urge the national and international community and in particular organizations that defend human rights to send messages to the Honduran government, to stop what could be a new blood bath. We ask the national and international media to collaborate in disseminating this urgent news.
We hold the current regime of landlords and military led by Porfirio Lobo Sosa for whatever happens to the Garifuna people organized with OFRANEH.
Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña), OFRANEH
Civic Council of Popular Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares de Honduras) COPINH
Agricultural Missions, Inc (AMI)
Send messages of denunciation of this imminent threat to the following (in English or Spanish):
-Presidente de Honduras, Sr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Minister of Ethnicities (Ministro de las Etnias), Sr. Luis Green: email@example.com
-Attorney General of the Republic (Fiscalía General de la Republica), Sr. Luis Alberto Rubí: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
-Minister of the National Agrarian Institute (Ministro del Instituto Nacional Agrario), Sr. Cesar Ham: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
-Minister of Justice and Human Rights (Ministra de Justicia y Derechos Humanos), Sra. Ana Pineda: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
-President of the Supreme Court (Presidente de la Corte Suprema), Sr. Jorge Rivera Avilés: firstname.lastname@example.org