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Afro-Descendant & Indigenous: News & Updates
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.
January 26, 2016
assassination of journalist Marcos Hernández Bautista, who reported on influence of local political strongmen in Oaxaca State.
January 23, 2016
killing of Garífuna residents Joel Palacios Lino, age 24, and Elvis Armando Garcia, age 19, by Honduran Navy on Atlantic coast in Colón Dept.
January 22, 2016
unjust imprisonment of indigenous rights leader Nestora Salgado García, former head of Regional Coordinating Body of Community Authorities: Community Police (CRAC-PC) in Guerrero
January 21, 2016
assassination of Javier Vásquez Benítez, son of an indigenous leader whose community is organizing resistance to the Los Encinos Dam in La Paz 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 13, 2015
death threats to Danelly Estupiñán (Process of Black Communities, PCN), and Rocío del Pilar Segura (community leader), organizing resistance to port expansion at Buenaventura sea port in Valle de Cauca Department.
November 26, 2015
shootings, murder and threats to indigenous human rights and campesino land rights defenders, members of the National Front for Socialism (FNLS) in Chiapas State and Mexico City and Campesino Organization Emiliano Zapata for the National Front for Socialism (OCEZ-FNLS). Shot: Matías Flores, Jesús Hernández Reyes, Rubicél Hernández García, Emilio Morales Díaz. Killed: Hector Sántiz López. This follows years of death threats by paramilitaries Los Petules, which has been blockading the OCEZ-NFLS communal land Ejido El Carrizal, in Chiapas.
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
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