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Afro-Descendant & Indigenous: News & Updates
May 23, 2016
threats and intimidation towards Ana Mirian Romero and her children, a member of the Lenca Indigenous Movement of La Paz (MILPAH) and the San Isidro Labrador Indigenous Council who defends indigenous land rights.
May 12, 2016
Concern for the safety of Afro-descendant leaders from Cauca Department who have been threatened as a consequence of their campaign to protect their territorial rights and against illegal mining.
April 24, 2016
Continuing harassment and attacks on members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). On April 13, COPINH members, 1300 members of Honduran social movements and international delegations from 22 different countries gathered for the international meeting “Berta Cáceres Vive” celebrating the life of Berta Cáceres and demanding justice for her assassination on March 2.
April 11, 2016
Disappearance of Fidencio Gómez Sántiz, an indigenous member of the National Front for Socialism (FNLS). He was last seen on March 5, accompanied by his wife and son at the Jet Ja transport terminal near the local market of Ocosingo, Chiapas State. He has not been seen since.
RRN Case Update
April 1, 2016
Indigenous Human Rights and Envirnonmental Defender Berta Cáceres Assassinated
March 28, 2016
Back from her 2-week delegation to Honduras with the topic Women Leading the Way to Justice and Peace, Sophie will report from her experience of peaceful resistance in the country with the highest homicide rate in the world.
After learning for two weeks from the people protecting their traditional lands and resisting the violence by Tahoe Resources, Wilber will talk about his journey to the counrty directly north of his native El Salvador.
Come and discuss with us:
How can we better act in solidarity with the people in Central America?
March 25, 2016
Murder of environmental rights defenderWalter Méndez Barrios, who was shot and killed outside his home in Las Cruces, in the Department of Petén, on the morning of March 16. He was a founding member of Petenero Front Against Dams (FPCR), an organization formed in 2005 to fight for the land rights and the right to water and other natural resources of those affected and threatened by the construction of hydroelectric dams.
March 23, 2016
Assassination of William Castillo Chimo, age 43, founder and treasurer of the Association of Agroecological and Mining Brotherhoods of Guamocol (AHERAMIGUA). AHERAMIGUA is a human rights organization in Guamocó in southern Bolívar Department that works to defend land rights, particularly the right of local communities to remain on their land.
Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Regarding Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres
March 10, 2016
Dear Secretary of State Kerry,
We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.
March 10, 2016
Dear Secretary of State Kerry, We write in shock and deep sorrow regarding the murder of Honduran human rights and environmental defender Berta Cáceres, founder and general secretary of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). We urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras.