José Pantaleón Alvarenga

José Pantaleón Alvarenga Galdámez, 68 years old, was a peasant and member of the Tolupán indigenous group, more specifically the San Francisco de Locomapa tribe, in the municipality of Yoro.

José was murdered on the morning of February 21, 2016, in the hamlet of Cabeza de Vaca Número Dos, along with other members of his family and the Tolupan indigenous people.

The family came from Ocotepeque, in western Honduras, and had arrived in the area of ​​Locomapa a month before the event to settle on a property of four pieces of land to cultivate and live on it, like so many other families.

One of José Pantaleón’s sons described the family as hard-working men who were striving to continue their lives.

José and his relatives were killed by one of the gangs of criminals who remain in the area at the service of landowners, loggers and miners, and who are hired to “clean” people who are undesirable and do not match the interests of the powerful people in Locomapa.

The San Francisco de Locomapa tribe is known for its years of struggle against the looting of its forestry assets, for resisting the agricultural incursions of countless peasant families and for the defence of tribal lands usurped by large landowners. As a result, tribal leaders continue to be killed.

“We are concerned about the lack of protection and the vulnerability that the indigenous communities face when defending their lands in Honduras. It is urgent that the National Government take immediate measures to overcome this situation”, the International Federation for Human Rights and its branches in Honduras, CIPRODEH and COFADEH, said in a statement.

“The Tolupán community in San Francisco Locomapa has been denouncing, for years, the threats and different acts of violence against them, originating in a context of conflict for the defence of their right to land,” recalled the three associations mentioned.

 


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Region:Americas

Country:Honduras

Department/Province/State:Yoro

Sex1:Male

Age:68

Date of Killing:21/02/2016

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Tolupán people

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights, Land Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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