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November 6, 2016
Join us at Beaumont School as we mark the 36th anniversary of the four martyred church women in El Salvador. With keynote speaker Marlen Sánchez, we commemorate the work of these martyrs who sacrificed their lives to stay in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized people of El Salvador.
October 7, 2016 to October 10, 2016
SOA Watch is moving their vigil to the US/mexican border. In October we will gather on both sides of the wall and raise our voices for an end of the militarization of the Americas!
Currently we are still in the planning process and open for your ideas. If you are interested, would like to get involved or have any other questions email Sophie[at]irtfcleveland.org
Together with our friends from CPT Colombia we ask the Colombian authorities to put a stop to the growing trend of judicial persecution and detention of campesino human rights defenders who are fighting for their rights to land and territory.
Alvaro Garcia, campesino leader from the communities of El Guayabo and Bella Union and member of the Victims Association of Magdalena Medio (ASORVIMM), remains incarcerated for almost two months now under false criminal charges.
January 3, 2017 to January 12, 2017
Join IRTF as we caravan to Washington, DC to witness against torture and call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Contact: Chrissy@irtfcleveland.org to join the caravan. Please let us know which days you are available to join us. Cost is sliding scale (no more than $100) and no one will be turned away for inability to contribute monetarily.
July 16, 2016
Break-in at the offices of the human rights organization Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ) in the Barandillas neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in Cortés Department.
July 15, 2016
Murder of journalist Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López,Radio Director of Radio Ilusión. His radio show promoted community rights He would take calls during which people would criticize local officials and municipal programs. This is the second attack in the last three months against journalists in this region of Coatepeque.
July 14, 2016
Murder of Lesbia Yaneth Urquia Urquia, a defender of indigenous and environmental rights. On July 6 she was found dead from head trauma near the municipal dump of Marcala in the department of La Paz.
July 13, 2016
Invasion of the office of the human rights defense organization Impunity Watch. On June 21, three masked men forced their way into the office of the international organization. The assailants forced a secretary who was on her way out to open the door. They covered her eyes, taped her mouth shut and ransacked the office. Impunity Watch has worked for many years in Guatemala on issues related to human rights violations committed during the country’s long armed internal conflict.
July 12, 2016
Murder of journalist Elidio Ramos Zárate, a crime reporter for the regional daily newspaper EL Sur. Ramos Zárate was reporting on several blockades and buses set on fire by teachers protesting in Juchitán. Ramos was the third journalist killed in Oaxaca this year.