This Op-Ed by Dana Frank was recently published in the Miami Herald
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24 U.S. organizations send letter to State Department regarding crisis in Nueva Esperanza/PROAH kidnapping
On August 19th, a letter from 24 U.S. religious congregations and Non-governmental organizations regarding the human rights situation in Nueva Esperanza, Honduras including the kidnapping of PROAH team members, was sent to the U.S. State Department.
On July 25, 2013 the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a hearing on the Human Rights situation in Honduras. Attached is a transcript of the testimonies presented.
The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) condemn and repudiate the kidnapping, death threats against and psychological torture of two defenders from the Honduras Accompaniment Project (PROAH) . These events occurred in a context characterized by an intolerance of human rights defenders’ work, resulting in systematic and selective attacks against them.
Armed thugs kidnap and threaten international human rights observers in the midst of community resistance struggle against mining project
By Giorgio Trucchi | LINyM (Nicaragua Informational List and More) July 27, 2013
Orlane and Daniel, from France and Switzerland respectively, are international observers from the Honduras Accompaniment Project (Proah). On Wednesday, they moved to the community of La Nueva Esperanza, Atlántida department, to fulfill their mission as human rights observers amidst a serious conflict that has arisen following the implementation of a new mining project.
URGENT ACTION: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS HELD CAPTIVE BY ARMED MEN FROM A MINING COMPANY IN HONDURAS
On 25 July 2013, two international accompaniers from the Honduras Accompaniment Project (PROAH from its initials in Spanish)1, from Switzerland and France, were held captive for two and a half hours in the community of La Nueva Esperanza by armed men who guard the mining operations of Lenir Perez, the owner of Minerales Victoria. The armed men have been in this rural community in the department of Atlántida for almost two months, terrorizing the villagers and threatening those who refuse to sell their land to the mining company.
Beginning in June 2013 PROAH has begun to produce a summary of significant events during each month. The attachment is the summary for June 2013.
Honduras is the homicide capital of the world (.pdf). This is due in part to widespread and growing gang violence, but recently there have been reports that Honduran police themselves are organizing death squads.