Citizen Organizing & Politics
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.
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.
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."
A Big Step Towards Justice And Remedies For Mayan Qeqchi Victims Of Repression In Guatemala Linked To Hudbay Minerals
By Grahame Russell, August 11, 2013
Cross-posted from Haiti Grassroots Watch
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1 August 2013 – As the government works on preparing “an attractive law that will entice investors,” Haitian popular organizations are mobilizing and forming networks to resist mining in their country.
UA: 186/13 Index: AMR 36/014/2013 Haiti Date: 19 July 2013
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.
July 6-14, 2013
MINING INJUSTICE & IMPUNITY
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.