Join the MANIFESTO
If not you, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?
We encourage you to sign and join us so that we can revoke the ZEDE LAW to avoid losing our sovereignty, our way of life, our cultural heritage, the expropriation of our land, our fundamental human rights, the splitting up of our municipality, our right to vote, elect and be elected.
They have stolen our democracy, they have deprived us of our freedom, they have tried to silence us, but we will not allow them to steal our sovereignty and our lands.
Honduras has become a narco state, impoverished and manipulated by an aristocratic group of white-collar politicians who seek to generate fortunes at all costs though corruption and with total impunity.
Narcos infiltrated in all the powers of the state, have been taking daring and calculated steps over the last ten years and are leading to the construction of autonomous paradises with free access to our air and sea ports for their beneficiaries in projects disguised as “Charter Cities” or ZEDES.
Inspired by the liberalist idea of economist and Nobel Prize winner, Paul Romer in his 2009 TED talk, on the creation of “charter cities” in the world, this aristocratic group of Honduran power has managed to manipulate, readapt and approve this law, without anyone being able to oppose it.
A clear example of this is in 2011, during Lobo's term, that the executive and legislative order of Honduras approved the “Law of REDEs” (Special Development Regions) however it was the Honduran Supreme Court, who voted against it because it was considered unconstitutional and clearly violated our sovereignty, territory and democratic form of government.
This was no more than a small delay in their plans, a month later, the national congress led by Juan Orlando Hernandez, current president of Honduras, managed to illegally replace the four magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber who had voted against the proposal and immediately proceeded with the swearing-in of four substitutes. The United Nations considered the “dismissal of Honduran Supreme Court judges an attack on democracy”.
It was then, that another draft was made with even worse conditions and it was approved by the legislative branch with no longer an impartial judicial branch being able to repeal it. This new law became the ZEDES (Zones of Employment and Economic Development).
The Constitution was amended with reformed articles (Art 294, 304 and 329), violating, according to the Honduran Bar Association, the "Principle of territorial application of the National Law", the No. 169 Convention of the International Organization of Labor and the Cruz-Wyke International Treaty between England and Honduras.
Prior to the approval of this new law, an understanding agreement was signed for the construction of what would be the first ZEDE in Honduras between the Commission for the Promotion of the Public-Private Alliance and the dubious International Consortium MGK Group (www. mgkgroup.com), who had just released their fake website.
Paul Romer, who allegedly appointed by President Lobo as the coordinator of the Transparency Committee, noticed the lack of transparency in the process and decided to withdraw from the project in Honduras in an open letter published on his blog addressed to the country's president, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, the 7th of September 2012.
This is how a systematic plan has been launched to begin expropriating lands of many communities in different parts of the country (Gulf of Fonseca and the Caribbean Sea) to make way for foreign investors who promise to bring a world-class law system so that companies and citizens can "prosper" without any limitation caused by the administrative system.
This is the case of Crawfish Rock a Garifuna, Mesquite and Afro-British descendant community in Roatán, Bay Islands. They are currently being threatened by the dispossession of their ancestral lands for the creation of the PROSPERA ZEDE.
Without having been previously consulted and during the preventive confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEO of the PROSPERA ZEDE, Erick Brimen came to the Crawfish community to “socialize” the “Prospera” project that, in association with the government of Honduras they planned to start in 2020. There was no “free, prior and informed consent” of the communities and peoples of Crawfish rock of the Bay Islands regarding their ancestral lands, resources and self determination, their basic human rights have been ignored and violated with these anti democratic and unconstitutional actions.
A “semi-autonomous” zone built on the Próspera platform and anchored to the Constitution of Honduras. He began by letting them know about the rights granted by the government to expropriate their lands, a fact that caused a social uproar and immediately & effusively rejection.
Currently, Próspera Village has 58 acres of initial land, however according to his CEO, the project promises to have more than 700 acres in the coming years, which puts not only the Crawfish Rock community at risk, but much of the rest of the island and many other areas throughout the country such as Cortés, Colón, Atlántida, Gracias a Dios, Valle, Choluteca, Islas de la Bahía and Golfo de Fonseca.
It is important to raise awareness among foreign investors of PRÓSPERA ZEDE, HONDURAS IS NOT FOR SALE, reconsider the consequences that this would imply for the island of Roatán and the entire Honduran people, this is illegal project that deepens the historical exclusion of our people and seeks to divide our country little by little, leaving us in worse conditions than we may now find.
We invite you to visit and invest in Honduras, respecting our human rights and laws above all, like the hundreds of foreign investors that through many decades have come to undertake their projects, respecting our culture, lands, laws and fundamental rights.
If you are Honduran, no matter where you are, join and sign this petition to derogate the "Organic Law of ZEDES". Help us spread this motion to rescue our land from the hands of organized crime.