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OFRANEH: ALERT, April 7: Eviction in the Garifuna community of Punta Gorda, Roatan

ALERT: Eviction in the Garifuna community of Punta Gorda, Roatan.

At the request of the Military Social Security Institute [Instituto de Prevision Militar, IPM, which owns several businesses], agents from the Ministry of Security are right now carrying out an eviction in the island community of Punta Gorda, Roatan.

The more than 40 families that are being violently evicted live in the neighbourhood known as Punta Gorda, located in the community of the same name. It is outrageous that that while the State of Honduras boasts about a policy of inclusion and makes an ostentatious show of its celebration of the International Year of Afro-Descendants, the armed forces order the Ministry of Security to carry out an eviction.

As Garifuna, we find ourselves suffering a second expulsion from the Caribbean. In just a few days, on April 12th, the arrival of our People to Honduras will be commemorated, specifically marking our arrival to the island of Roatan, after our forced displacement by the British from the island of Saint Vincent in 1797.

The pressures on our territory that our People suffer are rooted in the speculation by the tourism industry. Projects such as Banana Coast, Laguna de Micos, and in a not-so-distant future the so-called Model City have precipitated an onslaught of evictions in Punta Gorda and in the majority of coastal communities, which are the aim of businesspeople, politicians and armed forces, taking advantage of the vast judicial void that exists in Honduras.

Since the coup d’etat in 2009, the pressures on Garifuna territory have intensified. The eviction in Punta Gorda is part of the “Christian humanism” of the current administration, which uses violence in an attempt to impose its vision of a “democracy” of the few associated with the party in power.

The Garifuna of Punta Gorda lack a land deed for their territory, despite dancing to the tune of numerous governmental administrations over the years – administrations that tend to celebrate the anniversary of our arrival to Honduras in Punta Gorda with rituals of power.

How will the State of Honduras and its kindred organizations explain this eviction at the Afro-Descendant summit they plan to hold this August? Basta Ya – enough! – of the expulsion of the Garifuna People of Honduras.

La Ceiba, April 7, 2011.

OFRANEH

Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH
Tel: (504) 4420618, (504) 4500058
Av 14 julio, calle 19, Contiguo Vivero Flor Tropical, Barrio Alvarado, La Ceiba, Honduras
email: garifuna@ofraneh.org, ofraneh@yahoo.com

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[en] FIDE: “Country remains in perfect position for U.S. companies seeking business and investment opportunities”

Business as Usual?! Tegucigalpa, July 3, 2009. Photo: Sandra CuffeBusiness as usual??? Photo: Sandra Cuffe

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[reposted from http://quotha.net/node/198 – a blog by anthropologist Adrienne Pine]

Thanks, source. I encourage you all to contact these fine folks and ask them about the wonderful investment climate in Honduras right now. Read to end for maximum absurdity.
-AP.

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FIDE Honduras Investment and Exports
P.O. Box 2029
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Tel: + 504-221-6303 to 6310; Fax: + 504-221-6316
Email: vsierra@fidehonduras.com

FROM: Vilma Sierra de Fonseca, Executive President, FIDE
RE: Update on the Business and Investment Climate in Honduras
DATE: August 7, 2009

Over the past month, the change in government in Honduras has been in the news, and you have covered it to some degree.

The political situation is of concern to all Hondurans, and I can tell you that the business community is united in urging a peaceful and quick resolution.

Unfortunately, the normality of life in Honduras has not received much media attention. Business here continues to flourish, and people are going about their normal lives – working, relaxing, attending school, shopping, visiting friends and family, going out to eat, and so forth. In short, we are operating as usual.

Honduran factories, many in our industrial parks in Free Trade Zones, continue to produce high-quality electrical harnesses, automotive components, textiles & apparel, and many other products for export. Our call centers and other service providers are serving their regional, local and international customers.

From Puerto Cortes, our deep water, Atlantic Megaport, operating under the U.S. Container Security Initiative (CSI), shipments of manufactured and raw items are moving regularly to and from the United States and other markets. The country’s four international airports – in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Roatán, and La Ceiba – remain fully open for business.

Cruise ships continue to visit the popular Caribbean island of Roatán, just off the Honduran coast.

In short, Central America’s second largest country remains in perfect position for U.S. companies seeking business and investment opportunities.

Allow me to summarize Honduras’ many advantages, which include:

* Young, industrious workforce comprising 2.9 million men and women, many of them engineers and technicians, who are available at competitive wages.

* Articulate, bilingual employees whose second language is English.

* Proximity to the United States – about two hours by plane from Miami, Atlanta, and Houston and 48 hours by cargo ship.

* Puerto Cortes’ efficient customs process allowing shipments to pre-clear U.S. customs before arrival in the United States, saving time and money.

* Preferential conditions for business with access to the second largest market in Latin America and to the United States through CAFTA-DR and permanent Free Trade Zone status available throughout Honduras.

* Logistic Corridor or Dry Canal connecting the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, offering an alternative to shipping through the Panama Canal.

* Liberalized telecommunications network, competitive mobile and international phone rates, and fiber optic lines.

* Vertical integration and a full-package approach to manufacturing, allowing coordination of all aspects of production.

* Year-round growing season allowing production of a wide variety of crops.

* Prime tourist eco- and geo-tourist attractions – virgin white sand beaches, top-notch diving along the world’s second-largest coral reef, distinguished Maya archeology, colonial cities, tropical rainforests, and living cultures.

* Numerous vocational institutes and technical high schools preparing students for professional careers and providing a rich research resource for businesses.

For additional information, please visit our Web site, www.hondurasinfo.hn/invest/.

Please contact me via email at vsierra@fidehonduras.com if you have questions or need information about business in Honduras.

Finally, we invite you to come see how Honduras is doing business as usual and what we offer.

This material is distributed by Global Communicators, LLC, on behalf of FIDE Investment and Exports.

Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

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