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Honduras 6

Published on: Fri Aug 14, 2015
Author: James Watson
Honduras 6

 My Journey Ends but the Fights Continue – Connecting Local, National and International Struggles in Honduras and Beyond 13 August, 2015  My short time in Honduras has come to an end, but I have been privileged to be a part of several struggles of life-changing importance for the Honduran people both at local and national levels, as they fight against the corruption and injustice in their country. I have been able to maintain contact with COPINH and their partners, and here I finish my blog series…

Honduras 5: the pernicious impact of mining

Published on: Fri Jul 24, 2015
Author: James Watson
Honduras 5: the pernicious impact of mining

Honduras in Protest – Movements protest against the selling off of the country to mining companies* 19 jULY 2015. While Honduras rocks from a wave of protest against the corruption rife within his government and its business links, last week president Juan Orlando Hernández proudly hosted the “First International Mining Congress in Honduras”. The Congress invited international and Honduran business people and politicians to mingle with mining technicians and academics involved in the industry. It…

Honduras 3: thousands march against corruption

Published on: Thu Jul 9, 2015
Author: James Watson
Honduras 3: thousands march against corruption

The Largest Antorchas March Against Corruption so far, and the Struggle Continues – Please Act to Support Honduras' Demands for Justice* The Antorchas Hunger Strikers and Mass Mobilisations On Thursday 25 June I reported on the Antorchas movement – also known as Los Indignados – who are demanding an end to the corruption rife in Honduras. Honduran journalists have revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars were embezzled from the Honduran Health System, and supported the election campaign of…

Honduras 4: the UN arrives

Published on: Thu Jul 9, 2015
Author: James Watson
Honduras 4: the UN arrives

 UN Fact-Finding Mission Arrives and the Hunger Strike Grows* Yesterday a UN fact-finding team arrived in the country, invited by the President Juan Orlando Hernández, to investigate how the UN might help resolve the crisis. This development shows the impact of the burgeoning opposition movement but there remains a great deal of doubt among the Indignados that I talked to as to what the UN can achieve. The Indignados' key demand is for an independent International Commission against Impunity in…

Honduras 2: the Antorchas movement against corruption

Published on: Wed Jul 8, 2015
Author: James Watson
Honduras 2: the Antorchas movement against corruption

Las Antorchas Mass Protests & Hunger Strikers – Honduras Demands an End to Corruption* After spending my first week in Honduras mainly in the countryside with the COPINH indigenous movement (see blog 1), I have now come to the capital, Tegucigalpa, as COPINH has sent a delegation to join a burgeoning “Antorchas” protest movement. This movement started to organise mass demonstrations only two weeks before my arrival, and it represents the broadest resistant front – and the strongest hope for an end…

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