Citizen Organizing & Politics

Too High a Price for Courage

October 3, 2013

The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.

By Beverly Bell

Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20.

From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others. “We’re standing firm against the pressure, the criminalization, the abuse, and the manipulations,” she said.

Berta Caceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Berta Cáceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Human Rights Groups Petition Inter-American Commission to Protect Threatened Haitian Lawyer

September 15, 2013

Cross-posted from IJDH

(PORT-AU-PRINCE September 12, 2013)— Two human rights groups—the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti and U.S.-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)—today asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for “precautionary measures” against the Haitian government on behalf of human rights lawyer Patrice Florvilus.  Attorney Florvilus, who heads the Defenseurs des Opprimes (Defenders of the Oppressed) in Haiti, has faced threats, intimidation, and harassment from police and judicial officials in retaliation for his legal representation of police brutality victims. 

“Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

August 21, 2013

Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders.

 

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds

August 21, 2013

 

"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

Amnesty International alert: Support LGBTi activists at risk in Haiti

July 19, 2013


UA: 186/13 Index: AMR 36/014/2013  Haiti        Date: 19 July 2013


URGENT ACTION
LGBTi activists at risk in haiti
Activists of Kouraj a group working for the rights of the Haitian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, have been receiving threats related to their work. The threats seem to be related to a march against “homosexuality in Haiti”, scheduled for 26 July.

DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA

April 25, 2013

July 6-14, 2013

 MINING INJUSTICE & IMPUNITY

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COMMUNITY WELL-BEING, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT

 On this trip, we will investigate environmental destruction, health harms (to animal and human life), and other human rights violations (including forced evictions, killings, gang-rapes, etc) caused by “mega-development” projects - particularly mining operations - in the context of Guatemala’s historic and on-going impunity, corruption and lack of justice, exploitation and poverty, and lack of democracy.

A HARD DAY’S LABOR FOR $4.76: THE OFFSHORE ASSEMBLY INDUSTRY IN HAITI

April 25, 2013

By Beverly Bell and Alexis Erkert
April 25, 2013

“Haiti offers a marvelous opportunity for American investment. The run-of-the-mill Haitian is handy, easily directed, and gives a hard day’s labor for 20 cents, while in Panama the same day’s work costs $3,” wrote Financial America in 1926.[i] That may be the most honest portrayal of the offshore industry in Haiti to date. Today, the US, the UN, multilateral lending institutions, corporate investors, and others are more creative in their characterizations. They spin Haiti’s high-profit labor as being in the interest of the laborer, and as a major vehicle for what they call “development.”

 

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