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March 8, 2018
Spend International Women's Day celebrating women, labor, farmworker, and human rights! Join the NEAR WEST FAMILY NETWORK and the INTERRELIGIOUS TASK FORCE ON CENTRAL AMERICA and COLOMBIA for this free screening of DOLORES and a short panel discussion afterward.
We continue to pray and act on behalf of the people of Honduras during this volatile time.
The incumbent president (Juan Orlando Hernández) is claiming victory in the November 26, 2017 election. The people disagree. There have been mass protests claiming fraud. Demonstrators across the country of 8 million people have been met by state violence, resulting in severe human rights violations, including at least 30 killed, many more injured, and hundreds arrested—many of them detained in military posts. The president has ordered a state of siege and nighttime curfew.
April 20, 2018 to April 23, 2018
Join IRTF at the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference where we will join with hundreds from across the US to analyze current policies and envision ways to more fully and justly respond to the global and local needs of displaced communities.
US policies create migration push factors, forcing people to leave their homelands:
militarized repression against pro-democracy movements
February 13, 2018
It has been 50 days since 2,800 banana workers from ten plantations went on strike against Chiquita.
January 26, 2018
More than 1,000 palm oil workers on strike outside San Alberto, Colombia are seeking recognition as employees. As subcontracted workers, they have no rights under Colombia’s labor laws, including freedom of association and the right to negotiate working conditions.
The workers walked off the Indupalma plantation on Thursday, after 668 out of 682 palm oil workers cast their ballots for a strike in a vote observed by the regional director of the Colombia Ministry of Labor.
January 26, 2018
unjust criminalization of María Magdalena Cuc Choc, environmental and indigenous land rights defender in Izabal Dept., involved in a land dispute between her Chabil’ Ch’och’ indigenous community and an investment company held by a former president and former government officials
January 25, 2018
assassination of TV reporter Igor Abisaí Padilla Chávez by four unidentified assailants in San Pedro Sula, Cortés Department
January 24, 2018
repressive actions by state security forces against pro-democracy demonstrators. Beaten: Diego Aguilar López and Wilmer Paredes (killed 2 weeks later) of MADJ (Broad Movement for Justice and Dignity). Public smear campaign against MADJ members Martín Fernándezand Víctor Fernández, social activists Karina Flores and Araminta Pereira, and Jesuit priest Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto (Radio Progreso).
January 23, 2018
killing of two members of indigenous community police force (CRAC-PC) by unknown attackers in Cacahuatepec, Guerrero; subsequent crackdown on the community by state and federal police and the army, killing three CRAC-PC members, detaining 30 CRAC-PC members, along with environmental defenders Marco Antonio Suástegi Muñoz and Vicente Suástegi Muñoz of CECOP (Council of Communal Lands and Communities Opposing the La Parota Dam).