Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1163, February 10, 2013

1. Honduras: Campesino Leader Charged With “Land Usurpation”
2. Colombia: Drummond Contractor Convicted in Unionists' Deaths
3. Dominican Republic: Barrick Mining Contract Is Challenged
4. Haiti: Duvalier Told to Appear in Rights Abuse Case
5. Mexico: US Agents Shot Youth in Back, Autopsy Confirms
6. Links to alternative sources on: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Caribbea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, US/policy, US/immigration

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*1. Honduras: Campesino Leader Charged With “Land Usurpation”
A contingent of some 30 soldiers and police agents arrested Juan Ramón Chinchilla, president of the largest campesino organization in northern Honduras’ Lower Aguán Valley, the evening of Feb. 8 in the central park in Tocoa, Colón department. Police then drove Chinchilla, who heads the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA), 60 km to a court in the city of Trujillo, where he was charged with “usurpation of land.” After a two-hour hearing, the judges released Chinchilla conditionally at about 2 am; he is required to stay in the country and to report to the court every Monday.

The criminal complaint against Chinchilla originated with Exportadora del Atlántico SA, the agricultural division of Grupo Dinant, a food product company founded by the wealthy Miguel Facussé Barjum.[...]

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