An international mission of journalists and members of human rights organisations have gone to witness the situation of farming communities in the Honduran region of Bajo Aguán following continued abuses reported by farmers who are demanding their rights to land in the area.
The Unified Movement of Aguán Farmers (MUCA), La Vía Campesina and the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular have requested the presence of international observers in the region.
This is to “break information barriers that the current regime; the Honduran oligarchy, landowners and leading media agencies, have put up”.
Member of the executive committee of the Resistance, Wilfredo Paz, said that “it is fundamental that the world knows what is happening.”
He added, “It is not possible to recognise a government that maintains this politics of repression, assassination and human rights violations.”
Rafael Alegría, member of Resistencia and Vía Campesina said that 25 farmers have been assassinated in Bajo Aguán this year.
The mission comprises representatives from the Commission for Alternative Truths, an initiative led by Honduran social organisations to investigate what took place during the Coup d’état in June 2009.
National and international journalists are also part of the initiative.
Members of MUCA are carrying out a reclamation process of land that belongs to the state and is subject to agrarian reform.
The land has however been appropriated by landowners Miguel Facussé, René Morales and Reinaldo Canales.
Story Courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios.