Demand the Safety of Human Rights Defender Rafael Alegria
Politically motivated killings, kidnappings and death threats against farmers and Afro-descendent leaders have increased steadily since the 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 (pictured right with Grassroots International staffer, Sara Mersha), a leader of La Via Campesina, has moved to a safe house because he is in fear for his life following the 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 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 below. Without pressure from bodies such as the U.S. State Department, the Honduran government will continue to neglect and aggravate cases against human rights defenders.