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UN official: Honduran Indians face land invasions

Honduran Indians complain to UN official of drug gangs, illegal settlers

UN official: Honduran Indians face land invasions

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A U.N. official says Indians on Honduras' Caribbean coast are suffering invasions of their lands by squatters, loggers, palm-oil planters and drug traffickers.

The complaints by Miskito Indians in western Honduras are similar to problems that led to confrontations in neighboring Nicaragua earlier this year.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples said the Honduran Miskitos and other groups want the settlers out.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz visited the area last week. She said Tuesday the Honduran government is trying to raise money to compensate settlers for their eviction from the swampy, heavily forested region.

Tauli-Corpuz said drug traffickers cut down trees to carve airstrips from the jungle, recruit Indian youths into the trade, and buy up lands to launder money.

Updated : 2021-09-26 10:42 GMT+08:00