Current (1997) information on land seizures by the military [HND27059.E]

Please find attached two 1997 Inter Press Service reports that refer to land conflicts involving indigenous groups and military officers, among others. For recent background information on land conflicts involving indigenous groups in Honduras, please consult the attached article from Central America Report.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Central America Report [Guatemala City]. 8 May 1997. "Indigenous Groups Speak Out," pp. 4-5.

Inter Press Service (IPS). 9 April 1997. "Indigenous Peoples Announce Hunger Strike for Land." (Central America NewsPak [Austin, Tex.] 31 Mar.-13 Apr. 1997, Vol. 12, No. 5, p. 9)

_____. 11 January 1997. Thelma Mejia. "Death Pursues the Tawanka People." (Central America NewsPak [Austin, Tex.] 5-19 Jan. 1997, Vol. 11, No. 25, pp. 7-8)

Additional Sources Consulted

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. Weekly.

Latin America Regional Reports: Central America & the Caribbean [London]. Monthly.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Yearly.

News From Human Rights Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.

On-line search of commercial databases.

Internet, Global NewsBank, Nexis, IRB, USINS and UNHCR databases.


This list is not exhaustive. Subject- and country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.