Garífuna Punta Piedra Community and its Members v. Honduras

The Garífuna Punta Piedra Community is an indigenous community in Honduras. In 1920, the Community was given ownership of a collective farming area. This area did not comprise the entirety of their ancestral lands. In the 1990s, the Community petitioned the State to recognize ownership of its other ancestral lands. However, by this time, there were numerous other claims to the ancestral lands of the Community. The State entered into an agreement in 2001, allocating some land to the Community and allocating other ancestral lands to third parties who were not part of the Community. The State did not fulfill all of its obligations of the 2001 agreement, and members of the Community clashed with the third parties on their ancestral lands, which resulted in the death of one of the members of the Community. The State failed to properly investigate this death, and in 2014, further harmed the Community by selling their titled land to a mining corporation. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.

Case Summary: Garífuna Punta Piedra Community and its Members v. Honduras, Case Summary

Year: 
2015
Country: 
Did the State Accept International Responsibility?: 
Partial Acceptance
Did the State Raise Preliminary Objections?: 
Yes
Separate Opinions: 
Case Summary: 
Yes

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