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Tomás Gómez Membreño

Tomás Gómez Membreño

DDH
Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH

We are anti-patriarchy, anti-neoliberalism, and anti-racism. And this neoliberal system is one that exploits and dominates us. We are not only in defence of our natural resources but all of these systems maintain people in submission, and this is how we began to re-vindicate our identities and our rights in defence of natural resources. Anyone who wants to participate can participate.

Tomás Gómez Membreño is a member of Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organisations). COPINH is currently involved in a campaign for the defence of the Gualcarque river which is the site of a proposed dam to be built by the Honduran company FICOHSA and the multinational SINOHYDRO.

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.