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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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May 26, 2017
police repression and injuries to the mostly Afro-descendant residents of Buenaventura in Valle del Cauca Deptartment during a general strike and other protests for health, education, water and sanitation
May 25, 2017
arrest, detention and travel ban of César Geovanni Bernardez, director of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), which is in a legal battle to secure Garífuna (Afro-Caribbean people) lands against challenges by tourism developers
May 24, 2017
surveillance, attacks, and death threats against environmental and indigenous rights defenders Rodrigo Flores Peñalosa and Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez of the Tehuantepec Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT) in Oaxaca
May 23, 2017
Raids by Gaitanista paramilitaries threaten the mostly indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Jiguamiandó River Basin collective territory in Chocó Dept., near Pueblo Nuevo Humanitarian Zone (an official demilitarized safety zone)
May 22, 2017
Arson is among the threatening actions by paramilitaries in the rural areas of Remedios, Antioquia Department. Paramilitaries are seeking out Ricaurte García, a human rights defender with CAHUCOPANA (Humanitarian Action Corporation for Coexistence and Peace of Northeast Antioquia).
May 1, 2017
attempted murder of Maynor López, son of human rights defender Francisca Ramírez, who is Coordinator of the Council for the Defense of the Land, the Lake and Sovereignty, active in organizing resistance to construction of the Nicaraguan Grand Inter-oceanic Canal
April 26, 2017
Torture and assassination of transgender woman Sherlyn Montoya, active member of LGBT Rainbow Association.
April 25, 2017
Kidnapping and assaults on a woman associated with Peasant Movement of Cajibio (MCC) leader Marylen Serna Salinas, in Popayán, Cauca Department.
April 14, 2017
Intimidation tactics (shots fired) against Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores, the legal director for the Legal, Environmental and Social Action Center of Guatemala (CALAS), which represents communities organizing resistance to the exploration and exploitation of natural resources.
April 13, 2017
Threats and intimidation against Environmental Committee in Defense of Life (CADV) and others organizing to stop the open-pit AngloGold Ashanti mining project in Cajamarca in Tolima Department.