Honduras

Honduras

Honduras is a lower-middle-income country with 51% of its population living below the national extreme poverty line, while 52% of the population lives in rural areas. Honduras’ economy is largely based on services, and 13% of the total GDP relies on agriculture.

The Constitution of 1982 recognizes property rights and gives the state the authority to administer and manage the use of land. In 1992, the Law for the Modernization and Development of the Agricultural sector established measures for boosting land markets, simplifying expropriation and restricting land invasion. It also allowed farmers to obtain rights for the land they were illegally occupying.  The Civil Code of 2005 allows for real property purchase, acquisition, donation, use, rent, mortgage and legal protection of land. Honduras has also signed the ILO Convention 169, recognizing indigenous peoples’ rights to their traditional lands.

Land disputes in Honduras are frequent, particularly due to the violation the land rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic groups. The Property Law of 2004 set the mechanisms for dispute resolution through conciliation, arbitration and court proceedings.  

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Prominent Honduran land rights activists report death threats

By: Paola Totaro

Date: 16 December 2016

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Four high profile Honduran rights activists fighting to protect their ancestral lands in the southwest of the country have received death threats, including a home visit by a man wielding a machete, a monitoring group said on Friday.

U.S. lawmakers urge end to Honduras security aid after murder of land rights activist

By: Chris Arsenault

Date: 13 December 2016

Source: Thomsn Reuters Foundation

A group of U.S. lawmakers is making a year-end push to suspend millions of dollars in military assistance to Honduras, citing mounting human rights concerns, including the murder of high-profile land rights activist Berta Caceres.

Intercambiar conocimientos, perspectivas, experiencias y propuestas sobre género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe: un debate entre organizaciones claves en la región

Intercambiar conocimientos, perspectivas, experiencias y propuestas sobre género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe: un debate entre actores claves en la región

Jeudi, décembre 1, 2016 to Mercredi, février 15, 2017
Facilitators
Kemly Camacho
Isabel Rojas
Paola Brambilla

Desde el 1 de diciembre 2016 hasta el 15 de febrero 2017

Land Portal y Anacaonas (un proyecto de Sula Batsu Cooperativa de gestión del conocimiento sobre género en América Latina y el Caribe) están trabajando juntos para movilizar conocimientos alrededor de Género y derechos a la tierra en América Latina y el Caribe.

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"Defendemos la tierra con nuestra sangre". Personas defensoras de la tierra, el territorio y el medio ambiente en Honduras y Guatemala"

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Defendemos la tierra con nuestra sangre explora el aumento de la estigmatización, las amenazas, los ataques y los homicidios, así como la falta de justicia, a los que se enfrentan las personas y comunidades que luchan por proteger el medio ambiente frente a los proyectos en gran escala de minería, extracción de madera y producción de energía hidroeléctrica.

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août 2016
Publisher(s)
Amnesty International

We are defending the land with our blood: Defenders of the land, territory and environment in Honduras and Guatemala

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An insidious wave of threats, bogus charges, smear campaigns, attacks and killings of environmental and land activists in recent months has made Honduras and Guatemala the most dangerous countries on earth for those protecting natural resources, Amnesty International said in a new report six months after the brutal murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.

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septembre 2016
Publisher(s)
Amnesty International

WTO Kills Farmers: Beyond the Hong Kong Ministerial

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) hailed the recent Hong Kong Sixth Ministerial Meeting last December 2005 as a positive movement towards the conclusion of the Doha Development Round. The round was supposedly geared towards ensuring that trade contributes to the development objectives of least developed and developing countries.

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février 2006
Publisher(s)
Asian Farmers' Association
Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

SP/SSM

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A Special Product (SP) is an agricultural product “out of the WTO” in that they are not subject to tariff reductions, i. e. Countries can keep the right to maintain protective tariffs on certain agricultural products that are essential for food security, rural development, and farmers’ livelihoods. The G33 proposal is for 10% of developing country products to be exempt from tariff reductions, with an additional 10% of product lines to have limited tariff reductions. This would be somewhere in the range of 300 products. The US counter-proposal is for a mere 5 products!

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mai 2007
Publisher(s)
Asian Farmers' Association
Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

Empowering Autochthonous Peoples in Honduras : The Nuestras Raices (Our Roots) Program

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The Nuestras Rais Program (NR) was
created in Honduras in 1995 after massive ethnic
demonstrations, in which people protested poor access to
basic public services and demanded more access roads (and
land rights). The government responded with the Roads for
Production (Caminos para la Produccion) program, which paid
nominal wages to beneficiaries to open and rehabilitate
small tertiary roads and paths. NR phases I and II was

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août 2012
Publisher(s)
World Bank Group