March 18th, 2015 Puerto Lempira, Honduras.
Populations from Wamakklisinasta Territorial Council (known as Auka) in Honduran Moskitia have begun self-territorial sanitation process of seven out of the nine entitled territories in the government titling between May 2012 and August 2013. Miskitu people obtained territorial recognition of more than 1 million hectares, which represents 8% of national territory.
Auka inhabitants are taking actions such as the capture of people involved in land invasion, forests destruction and illegal selling of properties. They are demanding a voluntarily eviction of these settlers; otherwise they will make a mandatory eviction.
Miskitu People authorities represented by Unity of the People organization (MASTA for its acronym in miskitu language) and the Territorial Council of Elders sent a letter to Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez requesting civil and military institutions intervention for a peaceful sanitation process preventing regrettable events.
Territorial sanitation on the AMPB Agenda
Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests (AMPB for its acronym in Spanish) have been working on Territorial Rights issues, based on Climate Change global agenda. AMPB is strengthening in Honduras as well in Nicaragua its members Territorial Rights agenda. Last year in Nicaragua, Nacion Mayangna Territorial Indigenous Government reached significant advances on mobilization, denouncements and proposal definition for indigenous territories defense in North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN in Spanish) with the territorial sanitation demanding of 23 indigenous lands. In this area, Mayangna people have six out of the nine territories inside the core of Bosawas Biosphere Reserve.
MASTA and Nacion Mayangna are members of AMPB.