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Arnold Joaquín Morazán

Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos (CMDBCP)

Arnold Joaquín Morazán was an environmental defender who defended natural resources and territory from extractive industry, including the Guapinol River in the municipality of Tocoa, Colón. Morazán Erazo actively participated in activities organised by the Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos (CMDBCP) a group which organises the efforts of various groups to campaign against the dispossession of common and public goods by extractive industries. With CMDBCP, he publicly denounced at the municipal level the implementation of mining projects in the Carlos Escaleras Mountain National Park. As a result of his work, he was named in two fiscal subpoenas presented by the Tocoa Public Ministry following complaints made a mining company and the security company it hired.

Human rights defenders suffer extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment as well as judicial harassment, threats and stigmatisation. Journalists, lawyers, prosecutors, those defending the rights of women, children, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, indigenous and Afro-Honduran communities, and those working on environmental and land rights issues are particularly at risk.