Demand the Safety of La Via Campesina Leader Rafael Alegria

(Information shared from Grassroots International.)

Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

Politically motivated killings, kidnappings and death threats against farmers and Afro-descendent leaders have increased steadily since 2009. In the Lower Aguan Region, more than 65 small farmers have been killed as they reclaim illegal landholdings from giant plantations that will grow bio-fuels for export. These small farmers simply want to grow food to feed themselves and their communities.

We received alarming news that Rafael Alegria, a leader of La Via Campesina in Honduras, has moved to a safe house because he has been officially informed by the Minister of Security, Pompeyo Bonilla, of plans against his life in addition to the recent murder of his closest legal advisor, Antonio Trejo Cabrera. Antonio was providing legal support to the landless farmers in the Lower Aguan. His assassination and the ongoing and escalating death threats against Rafael Alegria are examples of the deterioration of Honduras’ human rights record.

Ask the U.S. State Department to protect Rafael Alegria’s life and safety by taking action now.Without international pressure from human rights organizations, concerned citizens, and bodies such as the U.S. State Department, the Honduran government will continue to neglect and aggravate cases against human rights defenders.

Read more info on the land struggle in the Lower Aguan region in Honduras, HERE.