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Rapid Response Network
RRN’s team of letter-writers responds to six urgent human rights cases each month to
- protect people living under threat
- demand investigations into human rights crimes
- bring human rights criminals to justice
- ensure that human rights crimes are not happening in the dark.
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February 26, 2017
Assassination of José de los Santos Sevilla, a school teacher and leader of the indigenous Tolupán people in Montaña de la Flor, Francisco Morazán Department.
February 25, 2017
Assassination of indigenous and women’s rights defender Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela of the Wiwa tribe in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, along the Atlantic Coast in César Department.
February 24, 2017
Unjust detention of Abelino Chub Caal, indigenous and environmental defender in Izabal Dept., where agricultural and extractive industry companies are in land disputes with local communities.
February 13, 2017
Escalating incursions by paramilitaries in hamlets in or near the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia Departmentand death threats to Community residents.
February 12, 2017
Public relations smear campaign targeting three Honduranorganizations: Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz (MILPAH), the Honduran Center for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC), and the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), all which work to defend land and environmental rights.
February 1, 2017
Recent incursion of paramilitaries into the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia Department. They are entering communities, going to specific homes, and threatening to kill residents of the Peace Community if they refuse to collaborate with the paramilitaries.
January 26, 2017
Assassination of Afro-Colombian community leader Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera of CONPAZ (a network of community and victim organizations) and her partner Joe Javier Rodallega, in the port of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca Department, where families are being forcibly displaced by paramilitaries.
January 25, 2017
Killing of indigenous and land rights defender Sebastian Alonso Juan, age 73, when armed men began shooting at demonstrators during a peaceful protest against hydroelectric projects Pojom I and Pojom II in San Matea Ixtatan in Huehuetenango Department.
January 24, 2017
Military shot in the knee Víctor Vásquez, President of the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz Honduras (MILPAH), while he was providing assistance to a wounded man during a violent eviction of small farmers in Santa María in La Paz Department.