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from Global Response July 5, 2001

Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Last week we sent out a request for letters in support of Rainforest Action
Network, whose tax-exempt status is under attack from Boise Cascade. Here's
a column on this topic, published by Molly Ivins. To send a letter to Boise
Cascade, please go to:
http://www.ran.org/info_center/aa/boiseattacks.html.


AUSTIN, Texas -- Now here's an interesting development: The Boise Cascade
Corp. is targeting Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the environmental group
that has gotten Home Depot, Lowe's and other major companies to stop buying
wood from the remaining old-growth forests. Since the RAN folks have been
targeting Boise Cascade to get the company to stop logging in old-growth
forests, this may seem to be a case of turnabout-is-fair-play. Actually,
it's another corporate campaign -- like SLAPP suits (strategic lawsuits
against public participation) -- designed to silence critics of corporate
practice. Boise Cascade is working with two industry-supported front groups,
trying to get the IRS to cancel Rainforest's tax-exempt status and to
pressure its funders to cut off the group's money.

Some hilarity attaches to the letter of complaint to the IRS from something
called the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a property rights outfit headed
by former Wyoming Sen. Malcolm Wallop. According to Frontiers of Freedom
(why do they all have names like that?), "RAN devotes most of its $3
million-plus annual war chest (you understand $3 million is peanuts to Boise
Cascade) (SET ITAL) to pressure campaigns aimed at forcing corporations to
change the way they do business. (END ITAL) GASP. No! Not that!

Well! Such lese majeste convinced the Frontiers of Freedom, which seems to
have awfully constricted frontiers, that freedom does not include tax-exempt
status for RAN. Its specific claims are that RAN conducted several peaceful
protests, wrote letters, produced street theater and supported civil
disobedience. On RAN's bad-egg side are several protesters who have gotten
arrested for trespassing after climbing tall buildings to put up large
protest banners. These bear such subversive messages as 'Stop Selling
Old-Growth Wood," "Do Your Children Know You're Buying Old-Growth Wood?" and
"Human Rights Before Drilling Rights."

The complaint huffs, "RAN's objectives are hardly limited to its tax-exempt
purpose -- education." By way of illustration, the group cites this chilling
act of eco-terrorism: "On Oct. 24, 2000, RAN activists taunted Boise Cascade
by floating over the company's headquarters a 120-foot inflatable balloon
shaped like a dinosaur and bearing a sign reading, 'Boise Cascade: I love
logging old-growth.'"

I think we can argue that's quite educational, in the broader sense. RAN
has negotiated and settled agreements with other major lumber companies,
such as Weyerhauser, Canadian Forest Products, etc. RAN is opposed to all
forms of violence and to property destruction.

Boise Cascade has written directly to foundations and other groups that
support RAN, claiming, "Reckless, unlawful and untruthful attacks," "false
and defamatory statements," "harassment and intimidation" (especially a mean
and vicious campaign of Christmas-wish letters from children to Boise's CEO
asking him to stop logging old-growth forests). Again, this may strike you
as a case of "You harass me, and I'll harass you," but then we all lose
sight of the main point, don't we? That logging old-growth forests does
irreparable damage. There's a wonderful Battle of Quotes going on: By
associating RAN with violent, militant eco-terrorists, Boise can quote all
kinds of splendidly nutty statements. On the other hand, RAN found these
gems from Ron Arnold, vice president of yet another property-rights group
working against RAN -- this one bearing the title Center for the Defense of
Free Enterprise -- who told the Boston Globe in 1992, "We are sick to death
of environmentalism, and so we will destroy it." And he told The New York
Times in 1991, "We want to destroy the environmentalists by taking away
their money and their members."

As we watch RAN's struggle with Boise Cascade and watch corporations in
general develop new weapons against their critics, it is useful to take a
step back. The Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (which leaves them
with the unfortunate acronym POCLAD) does just that. The group's
thought-provoking work on the questions of corporate power in a democracy go
beyond redressing a specific wrong to ask what we can do about it in a
larger sense. As FDR said, "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the
people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes
stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is
Fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any
controlling private power." I find POCLAD most useful for the questions it
asks: "What is property? Who decides what is public and private? What is
liberty? Who is it for? Should a business corporation be regarded as a
citizen? Why does the General Motors Corp. have more rights than the United
Auto Workers Union? ... Thousands of groups know how to stop an incinerator,
organize a union, block a timber harvest sale, decrease a toxic emission,
orchestrate a referendum or initiative, enact new permitting and disclosure
regulations. (But) people spend years getting regulatory agencies to lessen
a single corporate harm."

I'm rooting for RAN against Boise Cascade and for an end to logging in
old-growth forests, but I think we need to look at some larger questions,
too.

To find out more about Molly Ivins and read features by other Creators
Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at
http://www.creators.com.
COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.


from World Wildlife July 5, 2001

National Monument At Risk

Dear WWF Conservation Action Network Activist:

Last year, WWF Conservation Action Network activists helped
convince President Clinton to designate a biologically rich ecoregion
in southern Oregon as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
(Thank you!)  Now we need your help again because, unfortunately,
the monument still faces threats. The draft management plan for the
monument is ready for distribution to the public, but Secretary of the
Interior Gale Norton is holding up its release indefinitely, thereby
stalling the public process for development of the management plan
and delaying the implementation of measures designed to preserve the
monument's nationally significant resources.  The delay makes the
monument vulnerable to attacks from those who seek to shrink its
boundaries and/or to allow logging, grazing, and off-road vehicle use
within its borders. Please go to
http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/
to
send a free message urging Secretary Norton to release the draft
management plan.

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was established to protect
an area of extraordinary ecological value, located at the convergence
of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou ecoregions.  The monument's
unique combination of biological, geological, climatic, and
topographical features contributes to its exceptional biological
diversity.  This "biological melting pot" is home to a nationally
outstanding diversity of butterfly species, more than 300 other animal
species, and unique fish and mollusks as well as rare and endangered
plants.

The monument enjoys broad public support, both locally and
throughout the nation.  Please show Secretary Norton that citizens
from across America continue to care about this vital component of
our natural heritage.

P.S.  On a different note, WWF greatly appreciates everyone who took
action to increase U.S. funding for protection of tigers, rhinos,
elephants, and great apes.  Key congressional committees recently
approved a total of $4 million for the special conservation funds
created in response to the imperiled status of these species.  This is a
tremendous victory.


from Mexico Solidarity Network July 5, 2001

http://mexicosolidarity.org/

Action Alert from the Mexico Solidarity Network

"JUST SAY NO" to Fast Track.
Take Action Today!

For more information on Fast Track or the FTAA contact:
Mexico Solidarity Network
Tel: 773-583-7728
Email: msn@mexicosolidarity.org


On June 13, Representative Philip Crane (R-IL) introduced Fast Track
legislation (HR-2149) in the House of Representatives.  Promoted under the
more bland name of “Trade Promotion Authority,” HR-2149 would provide
President Bush with the authority to negotiate trade treaties for the next
six years.  Fast Track authority undermines democracy.  Finished treaties
would be presented to Congress for a simple up-down vote with extremely
limited debate.  There would be virtually no opportunity for civil society
to present concerns about the impact of potential trade agreements.  Fast
Track authority would allow Bush to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the
Americas (essentially NAFTA for the entire hemisphere) as well as a number
of bilateral treaties, including a treaty with Chile that is scheduled for
completion by the end of this year.  HR-2149 shifts the debate on
international trade dramatically to the right, with no allowance for labor
or environmental agreements of any kind.

Trade treaties have been in vogue within the ruling class over the past
decade, to such an extent that many refer to this as a “constitutional”
moment.  These treaties are an attempt to enshrine a neoliberal agenda in a
legal framework, forcing working people into a race to the bottom as wages,
benefits and services are cut or privatized.  Fast track authority
represents a watershed moment.  If Fast Track is passed, the FTAA and other
treaties that benefit corporations at the expense of working people will be
difficult to stop.  If Bush does not win Fast Track, these treaties will
have a difficult time seeing the light of day.  The vote on Fast Track could
come as soon as July, so make your voice heard today.

-   Call your member of Congress and ask their position on Fast Track
(HR-2149).  If you can’t get this information from the local office, call
the House switchboard at 202-224-3121.  Be sure to speak with the staff
member who is in charge of trade issues and ask for a written response to
your inquiry.

-   If the staffer tells you that the Representative is undecided, express
your opposition to Fast Track and ask for a face-to-face meeting with your
Representative.  S/he will likely be in the home district during the July
4th break.

-   In the case of undecided Representatives, encourage your friends to call
and send letters expressing opposition to Fast Track authority.  A sample
letter is attached below.

-   In the case of Representatives who are in favor of Fast Track or who are
leaning strongly in favor, consider more public actions.  Your
Representative will likely participate in a Fourth of July parade in your
town.  Follow him/her with leaflets and a bullhorn.  Or you may pay an
unannounced day-long “visit” to his/her office.

-   Send letters to the editor and editorial pieces to your local newspaper.
A sample editorial and letter to the editor are attached below.

Now is the time to turn up the heat.  Take action to defeat Fast Track
TODAY, before it’s too late.


____________________________________________________________________

SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Dear Representative,

I am writing to urge you to oppose H.R. 2149, the “Trade Promotion Authority
Act of 2001,” introduced last week by Rep. Philip Crane.  This bill grants
the president “fast track” authority to negotiate new trade agreements, and
prevents worker’s rights and environmental standards from being addressed in
any fast-tracked agreement and does nothing to ensure that trade rules are
not used to directly challenge legitimate public interest laws and
regulations.  The bill is similar to fast track legislation that was
rejected by Congress in 1997 and 1998, except that it provides fewer
positive goals on labor and the environment and more restrictions.  Fast
Track authority undermines democracy and would provide virtually no
opportunity for civil society to present concerns about the negative impact
of trade agreements.

I am both disappointed and outraged that Rep. Crane has chosen to introduce
a bill that completely ignores legitimate concerns about the negative impact
of current globalization policies on working people, the environment, family
farmers, consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, people of color, and
women here in the United States and around the world.

I believe the United States should show leadership in the global economy by
calling for a new generation of international trade and investment policies
that will ensure that the benefits of globalization are broadly shared, that
the environment is protected, and that ordinary citizens can understand and
participate in forming the policies that affect their daily lives.

Unfortunately, H.R. 2149 takes us backwards and not forwards.  It provides
no useful guidance on how to craft socially and environmentally responsible
trade agreements, but instead encourages our negotiators to repeat the
mistakes of the past, instead of learning from them.  I urge you to vote
against H.R. 2149 and to denounce this partisan and divisive approach to
trade policy.

Sincerely,
____________________________________________________________________

EDITORIAL

Fast Track – A Bad Idea

On June 13, Representative Philip Crane (R-IL) introduced Fast Track
legislation (HR-2149) in the House of Representatives.  Promoted under the
blander name of “Trade Promotion Authority,” HR-2149 would provide President
Bush with the authority to negotiate trade treaties for the next six years.

Trade treaties have been in vogue over the past decade, particularly among
transnational corporations and their political supporters, to such an extent
that many refer to this as a “constitutional” moment.  These treaties are an
attempt to enshrine the corporate agenda in a legal framework, and so far
the results have been disastrous for working people around the world.

We need look no further than the failed NAFTA experiment.  The statistics
are sobering.  Since 1994, the United States lost about 700,000 jobs, mainly
union jobs from the industrial sector.  On average, the unemployed found new
jobs that paid only 70% of their previous wages, forcing them to either
lower their standard of living or look for a second job.

Most of these jobs went to maquiladora plants in Mexico, where wages average
about a dollar an hour, below the poverty level even by Mexico’s standards.
At the same time, Mexico lost over two million jobs – about a million in the
agricultural sector where small and medium producers can’t compete with
highly subsidized US corporate farms, and about a million in the small
business sector where the local taco vender can’t compete with Taco Bell and
the local hardware store can’t compete with WalMart.  The results are
devastating.  More then half of the Mexican population lives below the
poverty level, an increase from the 1980’s when the neoliberal model first
took hold, and workers have lost nearly 30% of their purchasing power since
NAFTA went into effect in 1994.

It’s no wonder that Mexicans are crossing our southern border in increasing
numbers looking for work.  Today one-fifth of the Mexican population lives
in the US, a level of migration that has no historical parallel.

With this kind of record, it’s an insult to the American people that the
current Fast Track bill explicitly prohibits the inclusion of labor, not to
mention environmental, agreements in trade treaties.  Fast Track would give
President Bush the ability to negotiate international trade treaties for six
years.  Finished treaties would be presented to Congress for a simply
up-down vote with extremely limited debate, threatening the very foundations
of our democracy.  Fast Track authority would allow President Bush to
negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (essentially NAFTA for the
entire hemisphere) as well as a number of bilateral treaties, including a
treaty with Chile that is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

When you’re on the wrong track, Fast Track is a bad idea.


from  Global Response July 5, 2001

Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"
 
Take a minute to celebrate a victory for the people, mangroves and tigers of Bangladesh -- and for the global citizens' cooperation that brought this victory about! 
 
Last October, at the request of the Institute for Environment and Development Studies (Friends of the Earth - Bangladesh), Global Response launched an international letter-writing campaign to prevent oil/gas explorations in the Sundarbans.  The Sundarbans mangrove forest is a World Heritage Site and the world's largest tiger reserve.  On July 4 the oil/gas exploration contract was signed -- and it explicitly prohibits explorations in the Sundarbans!  This is very good news for the two million people who depend on the biologically rich Sundarbans ecosystem for their survival.
 
Below is the announcement we received today from Save the Sundarbans campaign organizers in Bangladesh.  They deserve a round of applause from us all for their courage and persistence!
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Mohammed Ali Ashraf [mailto:mohammed@bijoy.net]
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 12:55 PM
To: paula@globalresponse.org; cluczyk@popmail.com; Akie Hart; mshah@mail.inet.com.pk; sffl@sri.lanka.net; a.mahmud@uea.ac.uk; jsadeque@dhaka.agni.com; imfaisal@nsu.agni.com; craigb@foe.co.uk; Paul de Clerck; mangroveap@olympus.net; yadfon@loxinfo.co.th; paul@milieudefensie.nl
Subject: Victory!

Date: July 6, 2001


Victory         Victory         Victory         Victory                         

Hello Folks:

How are you doing? I have a very good news to share with you. After our challenging and strenuous efforts to protect and save the Sundarbans from Shell Energy, yesterday (July 4...What a Coincident!!) one year after the initial Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the final PSC has been signed between Bangladesh Govt. and Shell & Cairn Energy. Bangladesh Government has strictly imposed one condition and i.e. NO OIL/GAS EXPLORATION IN THE SUNDARBANS.

I feel very proud to relay this message to you folks. The Sundarbans campaign would never be successful without your full, active and zeal cooperations which we receive during this eleven months. My especial gratitude and thanks goes to the following contenders:

Mr. Craig Bennett
Corporate Alert Campaigner
Friends of the Earth EWNI

Mr. Paul de Clerck
Coordinator
Earth Alarm Project
Friends of the Earth Netherlands

Ms. Paula Palmer
Executive Director
Global Response

Mr. Junaid Sadeque
Geologist
Norwegian University, Norway

Mr. Alfredo Quarto
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)

Mr. Philp & Mr. Akie
Mangrove Forest Conservation Society of Nigeria

Ms. Simone Lovera
Friends of the Earth Forest Working Group

Thanks are also due to scientist, social activist, NGO leaders, stakeholders, politicians of Bangladesh and around the world. Their indirect and sometimes direct approach to convince Bangladesh Govt. and Shell were remarkably noticeable.

I have attached two news reports published in our best selling English Daily "The Daily Star". Nevertheless, all of the newspapers in Bangladesh covered this joyful news and most of the Bangla Newspaper published the news more elaborately. I will translate one Bengali news report with my broken English and will post it to you shortly.

In the mean time, lets celebrate for rescuing Sundarbans from Shell !

Cheers
Mohammed Ali Ashraf


from Union of Concerned Scientists July 6, 2001

********** UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS **********
                                     ACTION ALERT
July 6, 2001

         Ensure Better Oversight of Transgenic Fish With a
                One-Year Moratorium on FDA Approvals

ISSUE:

A US company is currently seeking approval for the marketing
of the first genetically engineered animal intended for
human consumption - a fast-growing Atlantic salmon.  
Although there are no federal laws that specifically govern
the approval of transgenic fish, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has said it will regulate the novel
salmon under its veterinary drug regulations.  Such
authority does not require an adequate review of the
potential environmental impacts of the salmon.

ACTION:

Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Peter DeFazio (D-
OR) have proposed an amendment to the 2002 Agriculture
Appropriations Bill that blocks the FDA from expending funds
for the review of genetically engineered fish for one year.  
The moratorium on reviewing transgenic fish will give
Congress the opportunity to enact new legislation to address
the environmental impacts of food animals produced with
biotechnology.

TIMING:

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.  The full House of Representatives
will vote on the Kucinich/DeFazio amendment to the 2002
Agriculture Appropriations bill on Wednesday, July 11th.  
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE by Tuesday, July 10th.  ACT
TODAY!

BACKGROUND:

The fish the FDA is currently reviewing is an Atlantic
salmon that has been engineered to contain foreign genes
that enable the fish to produce growth hormones year round.  
The altered fish grow to market size in about half the time
it takes normal salmon.

Why is the FDA regulating the environmental risks of
transgenic fish?   Put simply, no other agency has clearer
authority.  The current federal framework for regulating new
biotechnology products, put together in the mid-1980's,
relies on existing statutes and regulations.  And no
existing authorities readily cover the environmental risks
of fish and other animals.  

The FDA is stepping into the breach.   Although the agency
could have regulated the fish as food, it chose instead to
regulate them under the veterinary drug laws.  To do so, it
is considering the growth hormone produced by the transgenic
salmon to be a drug.

The FDA deserves credit for choosing the strongest of the
legal provisions it administers for regulating transgenic
fish.  But the FDA has little expertise in the arena of
environmental risk assessment and few legal tools to oversee
ocean aquaculture or to enforce any limitations it imposes.

The transgenic fish highlight the deficiencies of the
federal regulatory framework as it applies to all transgenic
animals.  Gaps in the framework leave unaddressed many
concerns about the environmental impacts of engineered
animals.  Ecologists fear that transgenic salmon, for
example, if they are released - or escape - into the wild,
may wreak havoc on native salmon. Transgenic fish could
compete with wild populations and cause changes in prey,
food, or other resources, perhaps even driving endangered
native species to extinction.

The Kucinich/DeFazio amendment to the 2002 Agriculture
Appropriations Bill would effectively bar the FDA from
approving any transgenic fish application for one year.  
Such a delay would give Congress the chance to review the
framework and identify an agency with the appropriate
environmental expertise to evaluate the environmental
impacts of transgenic fish.

To read more about transgenic fish, go to the biotechnology
section of  UCS's webpage http://www.ucsusa.org/

HOW TO CONTACT:

Write, phone, or email your Representative and urge him or
her to vote for the Kucinich/DeFazio amendment.

Send your letter to:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

You can also send an email message directly to your
Representative by going to: http://www.house.gov/writerep/.

To call your Representative, the Capitol switchboard number
is 202-224-3121.  Ask for your Representative by name and
they will connect you.  Ask to speak with the legislative
assistant that handles agriculture.  If you get voice mail,
leave a short message or ask to be called back.

QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about this action alert,
please contact Steven Fondriest in UCS's Washington, DC,
office by email (sfondriest@ucsusa.org) or by calling 202-
223-6133.

**********
GUIDELINES FOR E-MAILING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

If time permits, a well-written personal letter sent by U.S.
mail still carries the most weight when communicating with
Congress.  However, when speed is of the essence, emailing
can be a good way to get your message across. When sending
email, follow these guidelines:

-- Never forward our Action alerts to congressional offices.  
Always use the information in our alerts to write your own
message.

-- Ask for a reply to your email message and check to make
sure you receive a response.  If you do not receive a reply
within a reasonable time, call the office to see if they
received your message.

-- Use the format of a letter for your email message,
including your return address to verify you are a
constituent.  Without a return address, your message could
be severely discounted or simply be deleted.

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NOTE: If you send a letter, a fax, or an email, please send
us a "blind copy." (A blind copy simply means that you do
not indicate anywhere on your letter that you are sending a
copy to us.)  By regular mail send to UCS, 1707 H St., NW,
Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006.  By email, send to
sfondriest@ucsusa.org.  Fax to 202-223-6162.


from Global Response July 6, 2001

Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Please join this Amnesty International campaign to protest the killing of
Carlos Roberto Flores, a community leader who opposed construction of a dam
in Honduras.  Other environmental and indigenous activists and their
families may also be at grave risk.  A strong outpouring of international
support may save lives. -- Paula Palmer

URGENT ACTION APPEAL

6 July 2001

UA 169/01   Fear for safety/death threats/unlawful killing

HONDURAS  Killed:   Carlos Roberto Flores


Community leaders: Jose de la Cruz Flores, Jose Braulio Zuniga,
Orlando Najera, Javier Padilla, Orlando Santos, Javier Cardona,
Isidro Zuniga Guillermo Espinal, Ramon Zuniga, Issac Chirinos,
Gilberto Flores, Enemecio Veliz, Rafael de Jesus Ulloa
Other members of communities in the municipality of Gualaco,
Olancho department

Family of Carlos Roberto Flores: Rosa Elvira Flores (f), Martin de
Jesus Solis (his parents) Tereza Martinez Avila (f) (his wife) and their
two children, aged 3 and 5


A community leader protesting against the construction of a
hydroelectric dam was shot dead on 30 June. Eyewitnesses say the
gunmen were security guards working for the private company
building the dam. Amnesty International is concerned that other
leaders and their communities in the region may be at risk of further
attacks.

The power company Energisa won a government contract in May
2000 to build and run a hydroelectric dam on the river Babilonia, in
the municipality of Gualaco, Olancho department. The communities
that will be affected, and non-governmental organisations, believe the
dam will seriously damage the environment and ruin the livelihood of
local people, who may be forced off their land. Energisa have carried
out environmental impact studies, but the affected communities and
NGOs claim these studies have underestimated the damage the dam
will cause.

The communities protesting against the planned dam received death
threats, and in April 2001 they issued a public statement in a national
newspaper, together with the human rights organization La
Coordinadora Nacional Contra La Impunidad (CONACIM), National
Coordination Against Impunity, denouncing these threats and calling
on the authorities to withdraw warrants for the arrest of community
leaders (named above) for alleged criminal damage to Energisa
property. Carlos Roberto Flores was one of the named community
leaders.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Amnesty International has documented a number of cases in
Honduras in recent years where local communities, many of them
indigenous, have been threatened and their leaders killed in apparent
reprisal for highlighting environmental damage and campaigning in
favour of community rights. The gunmen responsible often have links
to powerful local landowners. Environmental activists Carlos
Escaleras and Carlos Antonio Luna were murdered in 1997 and
1998.

At least 25 indigenous leaders have reportedly been murdered in the
last 10 years. The authorities have taken no action to bring those
responsible to justice, and Amnesty International is concerned that
this can only encourage the killers to commit further human rights
abuses.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send
telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters:
- expressing concern at the murder of Carlos Roberto Flores on 30
June 2001 in the municipality of Gualaco, Olancho department;
- expressing concern for the safety of his family and of members of
the communities in the municipality of Gualaco which are protesting
against the construction of the hydroelectric dam on the river
Babilonia, particularly those named above;
- asking the authorities to take action to protect all those at risk, and
to consult with them on what action is appropriate;
- urging the authorities to conduct a prompt, impartial and thorough
investigation of the killing and the threats the communities and their
leaders have reportedly received, to make public the results of the
investigation and to bring those responsible to justice;

APPEALS TO:
President of the Republic:
S.E. Carlos Roberto Flores Facusse
Presidente de la Republica de Honduras
Casa Presidencial
Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo
Palacio Jose Cecilio del Valle
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Telegram: Presidente, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax:           011 504 234 1484
E-mail:   law'bureau@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear President/Senor Presidente

Attorney General:
Dr. Roy Edmundo Medina
Fiscal General de la Republica
Fiscalia General, Ministerio Publico
Edificio Castillo Poujol, 4 Avd,
Colonia Palmira, Boulevard Morazan
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Telegram: Fiscal General, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax:      011 504 239 3698 (this number may be hard to
obtain)
Salutation:    Dear Attorney General/Senor Fiscal General

Minister of Security:
Dr. Gautama Fonseca
Ministro de Seguridad
Ministerio de Seguridad
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Telegram: Ministro Seguridad, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax:           011 504 238 0238
Salutation:    Dear Minister/Senor Ministro

COPIES TO:
National Human Rights NGO:
Coordinadora Nacional Contra la Impunidad
Apartado Postal 1243
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights:
Dr Leo Valladares Lanza
Comisionado Nacional de Proteccion de los Derechos Humanos
Avda. La Paz No. 2444
Contiguo a Galerias La Paz
Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS

Ambassador Dr Hugo Noe Pino
Embassy of Honduras
3007 Tilden St. NW Suite 4-M
Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 966 9751

Please send appeals immediately. Check with the Colorado office
between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Mountain Time, weekdays only, if
sending appeals after August 17, 2001.


Amnesty International is a worldwide grassroots movement
that promotes and defends human rights.

Please do not repost this appeal to any part of the Internet
without prior permission from Amnesty International. Thank you for
your help with this appeal.

Urgent Action Network
Amnesty International USA
PO Box 1270
Nederland CO 80466-1270
Email: uan@aiusa.org
http://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent/
Phone: 303 258 1170
Fax:     303 258 7881

 
 
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