Corruption and Human Rights Violations
In 2019, GHRC as part of a group of expert human rights organizations closely monitoring the Berta Cáceres case in Honduras released a ground-breaking report: “Violence, Corruption & Impunity in the Honduran Energy Industry: A Profile of Roberto David Castillo Mejia.”
The carefully researched report brings together information that implicates Castillo, the CEO of the Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. (DESA) corporation, in a pattern of violence, human rights violations and corruption to benefit companies with which he was associated. Castillo has been involved with at least eight companies, registered in Honduras and Panama, which are described in the report.
The report highlights the precarious situation of human rights in Honduras and shows how concessions to exploit natural resources–especially when they are made to companies with connections to dangerous criminal networks–often profoundly and negatively impact surrounding communities. This often leads to conflicts that put community human rights defenders at extreme risk.
The Profile of David Castillo urges the international community to call on the Honduran government to protect human rights defenders, fight corruption and impunity, and prevent the participation of state actors in human rights violations. It also sets out a series of recommendations regarding international development financing.
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