Stories of Resistance: Honduras - extractive economy and communities rights

19 October 2017 - Event

The Transnational Institute and Friends of the Earth International are happy to invite you to a much needed discussion on activism in Honduras, on Thursday, 19th of October, from 7- 9 PM in the seminar room at Transnational Institute.

Date
19 October 2017
Time
19:00 - 22:00
Location
Transnational Institute, De Wittenstraat 25, Seminar Room
Organizer(s)
  • Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)
  • Transnational Institute (TNI)


The political and economic model implemented in Honduras is based on natural resources extraction, which now become assets subject to commodification and speculation to increase Transnational and National corporations’ profits. This model is based on the ‘accumulation by dispossession’ logic, which is promoted at the same time by international institutions, such as International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank, and in some cases are funded by European Development Banks, like FMO and FinnFund. Many of these projects have led to communities' dispossession, violating their fundamental rights, including life. This was the case of Berta Caceres, who opposed Agua Zarca dam, but it is also the case of many activists in Honduras, who resist mining, dams, agroindustry and bioeconomy projects and are threatened daily for this reason. These topics will be discussed with representatives from Honduran organizations, on October 19th at 7:00pm at the Transnational Institute.

Speakers:

  • Mario Zavala from Madre Tierra and Aurelia Arzu from OFRANEH will share their experience in Honduras and explain about the current situation in relation to extractives and resistances.
  • Karin Nansen, Friends of the Earth International Chair person will bring an international perspective about this model and solutions being discussed.
  • Brid Brennan (tbc) will share the efforts being developed at UN level to hold transnational corporations responsible for their crimes.

Please confirm if you are able to join us on the 19th by signing up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/124481474881283/. If you don’t use Facebook, please send an email to: m.koutouzis@tni.org.