THE MUNICIPALITY SWEET NAME OF CULMI, OLANCHO, HONDURAS, PEOPLE FREE OF EXPLORATION AND MINING EXPLOITATION,

THE MUNICIPALITY SWEET NAME OF CULMI, OLANCHO, HONDURAS, PEOPLE FREE OF EXPLORATION AND MINING EXPLOITATION,

THE MUNICIPALITY SWEET NAME OF CULMI, OLANCHO, HONDURAS, PEOPLE FREE OF EXPLORATION AND MINING EXPLOITATION,

At first the name and signature of each person was taken and the signatures were collected that the water boards brought from the people of the community who could not come.

Mayor Emerson J Sanchez welcomed all representatives of the 30 water boards, patronage, seven Pech indigenous communities, grassroots organizations and the people in general.

The following is the name of Cehprode's representative, Lic. Pedro Landa.

I express the following:

that know some of the mining law, so we will only see some articles:

ARTICLE 22. The Concession of Exploitation of non-metallic minerals and gems or precious stones, will have a term of not less than ten ' (10) years from the date of grant. The Concession for the Exploitation of Metallic Minerals, will have a term of not less than fifteen (15) years, from its Granting.

The law only establishes minimum terms of duration, but DOES NOT ESTABLISH MAXIMUM TIMES. This implies that in practice concessions are granted indefinitely.

The effect is the delivery of the land in perpetuity in favor of a particular interest.

ARTICLE 27.- The execution of exploitation and benefit activities should be carried out by applying appropriate technologies at the time of project approval to ensure life, human health and environmental protection.

In this context, At the moment the cheapest technology is open pit mining, it is currently used by mining companies.

ARTICLE 48.- In no case will the Mining Authority grant mining rights in the zones.

People, villages and urban sites are not considered to be excluded from mining, which in practice creates conditions for continuing the illegal practice of FORCED EXPROPRIATION.

water of the communities, since only those that are declared in the Forest Preservation Institution and in the Register of the property, which do not reach 8%, are protected. It should be remembered that water is essential for life, but also for mining activities, so this article creates the possibility of community water sources being reclaimed and awarded to mining companies.

ARTICLE 50. The granting of mining concessions shall not impair the guarantee of private property established by the Constitution of the Republic and develops the Civil Code and international treaties on the Rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples, particularly in compliance with Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The State must respect ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples and in the territory of Culmí there are 7 indigenous peoples

Mining is one of the most polluting and shocking economic sectors in the world. not only because of their extraction methods, which are becoming more aggressive to achieve greater profits in a shorter time, but also because of the short, medium and long term consequences that affect natural resources, water, soil and air. Condemning the life of natural species and communities in which mining projects are inserted

There are few communities that already have experiences and favorable results in their fight for the defense of the environment against mining. The dissemination of these experiences at the regional level is still not effective, and is hampered by organizational and economic factors.

I am very pleased with the invitation to this open chapter, the anímanos to go ahead in their municipal activity in defense of the life.

Next step Mr. Joselino Pereza declares a poetry that is

"I want to inform you that this open Town Hall decided at the meeting of the municipal corporation, the on May 19, where members of the municipal corporation unanimously approved this open council to ask the municipality of Culmí, whether they wanted mining activity in the region or not (see approved act number eight, folio number XX < / p>

"We have never lived in mining, therefore we do not need to" "This is the organized beginning of this struggle, we as a people have to defend and decide how we want to live"

"There are other ways to achieve development in Culmí, no in economic terés may damage our municipality "

asked the assembly to stand, asking firmly and with you" SO FORMALLY ASKED THE ASSEMBLY TO DECLARE THE MUNICIPALITY SWEET NAME OF CULMI, PEOPLE FREE OF EXPLORATION AND MINING EXPLOITATION "The whole assembly raised the right hand and unanimously approved the mayor's request.

The assembly gave a strong applause by joining this statement.

And since there was no more to discuss, the town hall was closed at 12:30 p.m. Not without first to invite a lunch to all the present.

The town hall closed at 12:15 p.m.

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