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2018 Criminal complaints by CMDBCP against local authorities

On 8 June 2018, during the protest outside Tocoa’s Town Hall, the Municipal Committee in Defence of Common and Public Goods (CMDBCP) filed a criminal complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office against the previous and present mayors of Tocoa for failing in their legal duties by unlawfully granting municipal permits to the mine resulting in environmental damage. There is no evidence that this complaint was ever investigated by the authorities (CMDBCP and CCI, 2019: 6).

Type of Action / Tipo de Acción:
Criminal or Regulatory Proceedings
Legal Description / Descripción Legal:
Complaint against mayor for abuse of authority for refusing to call a community consultative assembly (cabildo abierto).
Extractive Project / Proyecto extractivo:
Region / Región:
Central America
Country / País:
Natural Resource / Recurso natural:
Iron oxide
Jurisdiction / Jurisdicción:
Honduran System
Category of Key Actors in Legal Action / Categoría de actores claves en la Acción Legal:
Grassroots Movements, Civil Society Organizations, Municipal Institutions, State Institutions
Human Rights Violated/Claimed:
Right to due process
Key Legal Actors Involved / Actores jurídicos clave involucrados:
Municipal Committee for the Defence of Common and Public Goods (CMDBCP), Mayor of Tocoa, Office of Public Prosecutor
References / Referencias:

El Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos (CMDBCP) and the Coalición Contra la Impunidad (CCI), “Cronología de la Criminalización del Campamento Guapinol”, dated August 2019, online:, accessed 15 April 2020