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Hondurans killed over land rights

Regional 27 Apr, 2021 1 Comments Follow News

Garifuna people live in fear as they lose their land rights

Honduras has become one of the world’s most dangerous places for environmental land rights activists after a series of murders there in the past two years.

Three indigenous leaders were shot dead in the north of the country last month. It follows the abduction and disappearance of four activists last summer.

And at least 14 more men and women were killed in similar circumstances in July 2019.

All of the dead and missing are members of the black indigenous Garifuna people who have been fighting to hold on to their ancestral lands for decades.

Drug cartels, palm oil manufacturers and tourism developers all have different reasons to take control of the Garifuna’s land, and little is being done to protect the communities from intimidation and violence.

The Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean population originally from St Vincent, who were evicted from their homelands by the British in the 1700s, have lived on the shores of the Caribbean for generations.


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Kattina Anglin

28 Apr, 2021

This is heartbreaking.

Honduras has ample land space to fit all, but the greedy want to possess what they can rape and glean. Cayman has a finite mass of land and the rich have already conquered it, as far as Britain will allow.