Perfil de Celia Pousset

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Journalist recently graduated from Sciences Po Rennes School of Journalism (France), I have worked on issues of gender, justice and inequality in Guatemala and El Salvador, I have ventured into the radio documentary in France on migration.
In-depth Investigations

The uniform of criminals and the state of emergency in Honduras

These are screams or whispers from people who have been abused, robbed, kidnapped, tortured and disappeared by alleged police officers during the state of emergency in Honduras. Authorities claim they are not to blame but rather criminal groups who impersonate police officers. However, victims hold the State responsible, and both the National Human Rights Commission (CONADEH) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have documented hundreds of complaints against State security forces.

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Climate change and the environment

Digging for the last gram of gold in Honduras’ artisanal mines

It has been a long time since gold made dreams come true in El Corpus, a municipality in the Honduran department of Choluteca. The mining industry causes deforestation, destroys communities, generates violence and contaminates rivers while the Honduran government does nothing to minimize toxicity levels. Transnational corporations continue digging with no regard for communities because of the large gold deposits found throughout Central America. Artisanal miners who try their luck deep underneath the surface no longer talk about gold nuggets that would change the course of their lives since gold has turned to dust after centuries of uncontrolled exploitation.

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Climate change and the environment

Is the ZEDE law repealed?

On October 31, ordinary sessions in National Congress were brought to a close. This was the last opportunity to ratify the repeal of the ZEDE law. However, the session was marred by disagreements between parties and acts of violence, sidelining one of the most important campaign promises made by the Libre Party. Despite the assertions of the Permanent Commission of National Congress, established the same day and composed of nine congressional members, stating that the ZEDE law has been “repealed,” the statement lacks legal standing because ratification requires a two-thirds supermajority vote. The legal status of ZEDEs, still sanctioned by the constitution but lacking an organic law, remains uncertain

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In-depth Investigations

The Valle Cartel: a criminal organization that returned to Honduras, where they are untouchable

Leaders of this criminal organization were indicted in the U.S., but some members have served their sentences and returned to Honduras, where they face no criminal charges. Following their apprehension and extradition in 2014, the Valles cartel was able to recover their assets, largely attributable to the slow pace of the Honduran judicial system and the lack of U.S. legal assistance necessary to settle proceedings to seize and forfeit assets. The Office for the Administration of Seized Assets (Oficina Administradora de Bienes Incautados – OABI) stated that they have no control over seized assets, and sources within the institution say that individuals close to the Valle Valle Cartel have taken possession of them.

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Foreign investors file six claims that amount to billions of dollars against Honduras

Six international arbitration claims were filed against Honduras to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which is part of the World Bank and based in Washington D.C. Some of these claims were filed by ZEDE Próspera, an investment company, and Scatec and Norfund, two Norwegian renewable energy companies. While international arbitration experts are concerned about Honduras’ defense, the government questions the legality of the disputes since it doesn’t recognize ICSID’s jurisdiction.

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In-depth Investigations

A drug dealer’s sacred mountain

Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez used to be a businessman in the timber industry and an ambitious drug trafficker in Choloma, northern Honduras. He set up his own narcotics lab in the most remote region of El Merendón. There, with the connivance of municipal authorities, military and police officers, the support of a transnational Canadian company, and funding from an international bank, he created an illegal mine, a reforestation project, and illegally mortgaged more than 1300 hectares of land inhabited and cultivated by communities. Today, three years after Fuentes was apprehended, villagers still live under the threat of eviction because the same institutions that allowed this land dispossession deny responsibility.

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Shucri Kafie
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Shucri Kafie loses honorary consul title following investigation report

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that after their special «Shadow Diplomats», an investigation in which Contracorriente participated in collaboration with the Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística (CLIP), multiple governments announced the termination or revision of their honorary consul titles. The government of Jordan announced the ending of the position, which was served by Honduran businessman Shucri Kafie, which was in the role as Honorary Consul of Jordan in Honduras since 1984.

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