WE ARE THE ILLEGALLY IMPRISONED DEFENDERS OF THE GUAPINOL & SAN PEDRO RIVERS HONDURAS
Our names are Porfirio Sorto Cedillo, José Avelino Cedillo, Orbin Naún Hernández, Kevin Alejandro Romero, Arnold Javier Aleman, Ever Alexander Cedillo, Daniel Márquez & Jeremías Martínez Díaz.
Together we have defended the rivers that originate in the Carlos Escaleras National Park in Honduras. We protested against the mining company Inversiones Los Pinares whose project in a protected area threatens water sources for our communities. As a result, we are being falsely accused of aggravated arson and unjust imprisonment. We have been held in preventative detention for over a year without legal basis. Help free us!
Click on the images below to learn more about each of us and share our stories on social media.
WHY ARE WE FIGHTING FOR GUAPINOL?
Join us, we are fighting to protect life.
The life of the rivers and mountains thatsustain us. The lives of our brothers and sisters who have been criminalized, attacked and threatened for protecting public and common goods. The lives of 8 defenders illegally imprisoned for having the courage to join their community to protect their families and future generations.
The conflict in Guapinol originates from the illegal mining concession of the company Inversiones Los Pinares in the Carlos Escaleras National Park in the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras. Read more.
1. SPREAD THE WORD IN YOUR NETWORKS
Share the story and struggle of the 8 Guapinol water defenders arbitrarily detained with the world.
3. MAKE VISIBLE THE STRUGGLE OF THE DEFENDERS BY SHARING INFORMATION.
Take a photo or video and post it on your social networks or write a blog for your organization or grassroots group using #FreedomForGuapinol. Share articles and information that has already been written.
On Tuesday, September 1, seven water defenders from Guapinol will complete one year in custody. Another has been in jail since December 2018. They are facing political persecution for defending the environment:
The Honduran State Must:
Guarantee the protection and physical safety of Committee members and their families, including those being criminalized by the Los Pinares mining company and the Public Prosecutor's Office of Tocoa, as well as the families of imprisoned water defenders.
Respect the decision taken at the Municipal Water Summit and the Municipal Open Town Hall as a space for consultation where the citizens of the municipality declared itself free of mining in response to the clear opposition to the mining concessions of Inversiones Los Pinares and Ecotek in Tocoa, Colon.
The Attorney General Must:
Immediately drop the charges against all water defenders in Tocoa. The charges that have been brought against dozens of community members are unfounded and negligent, built on false testimony and illegal evidence that serves to stigmatize and punish legitimate and democratic expressions of free association and opposition to projects that threaten the community's access to a healthy environment and clean water.
The prosecution's insistence on preventive detention for water defenders in this case is cruel and unusual punishment. You should desist from calling for this measure immediately.
Instead of investigating a serious incident, the injury of the young protester on September 7, 2018, the MP has focused on building a false case against the water defenders. This fact should be investigated.
The MP is obliged to investigate the more than 10 complaints filed in relation to the illegal concession to operate a mine within the protected area and Carlos Escaleras National Park.
The Judiciary Must:
Immediately send the case files of the eight imprisoned defenders to the court of national jurisdiction so that their judicial process can continue.
Guarantee due process, the right to a fair and prompt judicial process and judicial independence.
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