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Environmental Human Rights: News & Updates
February 22, 2016
arson attack at the home of indigenous and environmental rights defenders Ana Miriam Romero and Rosalio Vasquez Pineda, members of the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz (MILPAH) who are resisting construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Chinacla River in La Paz
February 6, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations.
December 16, 2015
death threats to Rafael Maldonado, Legal Director for the Guatemalan Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS). This follows the escape from house arrest of a security director of Tahoe Resources’ open-pit silver mine El Escobal in Jalapa Department
December 14, 2015
attempted assassinations of land rights defenders on the Atlantic coast: Vidal Leiva (President of the Committee for the Defense of Land of the [Afro-descendant] Garífuna communities Crystals and Black River), Irma Lemus and Rigoberto Duran (Permanent Observatory of Human Rights of Aguán (OPDHA).
December 12, 2015
assassination of Daniel Abril, member of the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), who had been vocal about human rights abuses committed by oil companies in Casanare Department. Also: death threats to María Cardona Mejía, technical secretary of the Caldas Department chapter of MOVICE.
November 22, 2015
shooting of environmental defenders Marlon Loy Domínguez, Estuardo Bran Clavel, and Alex Reynoso, whose 16-year old daughter Topacio was killed (RRN letter May 24 2014) in demonstration against Tahoe Resources’ open-pit silver mine El Escobal in Jalapa Department
October 13, 2015
assassination of 70-year-old Sebastian Córdova Sajic, a human rights defender and spiritual leader and one of few survivors of genocide against the Ixil Maya indigenous people in El Quiché Department
October 12, 2015
assassination of environmental human rights defender Professor Rigoberto Lima Choc, who documented harm resulting from the palm plantation REPSA in El Petén Dept., and kidnapping and threats to members of the Commission for the Defense of Life and Nature (Hermelindo Asij, Lorenzo Pérez and Manuel Mendoza)
RRN Case Update
October 1, 2015
Colombian Constitutional Court rules in favor of Las Pavas community land-holders
RRN letter [excerpted]
August 11, 2009- sent to the president and vice-president of Colombia
September 25, 2015
unjust 2-year detention and false criminal charges against Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez, members of the people’s organized resistance to a hydroelectric dam project in Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango Dept.