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Monday, March 27, 2017
Honduras: priest wins human rights award
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 Father Andrés Tamayo, parish priest of Salamá, in the Juticalpa diocese, has been awarded the National Human Rights Award for his "tireless battle in defence, protection and sustainability of the environment". The honour was conferred by the Inter-Institutional Transparency Commission, the civil society and authorities of the department of Olancho, where the priest has worked for over twenty years side by side with the local population. In June Fr Tamayo took part in a week-long ' March for Life' protesting against the massive and indiscriminate deforestation in the forests of Olancho. Demonstrators marched from Juticalpa and ending outside the presidential building in Tegucigalpa. He walked alongside Carlos Arturo Reyes Méndez, from the Social Pastoral-Caritas of the Catholic Church of Honduras who was later assassinated by agents working for the lumber company. Fr Tamayo is also on the companies' blacklist. Following the march Fr Tamayo was forced to leave the country. He has now returned and has pledged to live in solidarity with the Honduran people. Besides his environment work, Fr Tamayo has organise the establishment of a children's home and medical centre in San Francisco de la Paz. Source: MISNA
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