Sunday 25 September 2016

Honduran activist wins human rights award

Jane O'Faherty

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Ana Mirian Romero with her Frontline Defenders award in Dublin. Photo: Conor McCabe
Ana Mirian Romero with her Frontline Defenders award in Dublin. Photo: Conor McCabe

A Honduran activist who endured physical assaults because of her opposition to corporate development has been honoured by a Dublin-based charity.

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Ana Mirian Romero received the prestigious Front Line Defenders award for her work in seeking legal recognition of her community's land.

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson presented Ana Mirian with the 2016 Front Line Defenders award.

Ana Mirian is a member of the indigenous community in Honduras, and has actively fought against the building of a hydro-electric dam that would destroy the livelihoods of locals.

Ms Robinson said Ana Mirian and her family suffer "armed attacks, threats, and harassment" in her fight to have her community's land rights recognised.

In an emotional speech, Ana said she was "overjoyed" Front Line Defenders chose her to receive the prize.

"We don't know what will happen to us, but we are willing and ready to defend what we have," she said.

Front Line Defenders chairman Denis O'Brien said "hope is kept alive" by those "who struggle to defend the rights of others".

Irish Independent

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