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2019 Year End Update- urgent human rights cases

RRN case summaries at a glance

Human Rights Cases at a Glance:

Summary of letters written by IRTF in response to urgent human rightsabuses

On behalf of our 190 Rapid Response Network members, IRTF volunteers wrote and sent six letters each month to government officials in these countries, with copies to officials in the US.  See the letters at http://www.irtfcleveland.org/content/rrn or ask us to mail you hard copies.

By signing our names to these crucial letters, human rights crimes are brought to light, perpetrators are brought to justice and lives are spared. Our solidarity is more important than ever. Together, our voices do make a difference.

 

Trends in 2019

COLOMBIA

targets: indigenous and Afro-descendant leaders, journalists, national strike participants, labor organizers, LGBTI rights defenders, women’s rights defenders, former FARC members active in reintegration into civilian society (as designated by the 2016 Peace Accords), farmers active in the national crop substitution program (switching over from growing coca to growing legal crops), and environmental and land rights defenders

 

EL SALVADOR

targets: journalists, LGBTI rights defenders, women’s and reproductive rights leaders

 

GUATEMALA

targets: indigenous communities (their allies, their lawyers) defending land, environmental, and cultural rights in opposition to hydroelectric, mining, and other mega-development projects

 

HONDURAS

targets: journalists, protesters in the street and those monitoring protests, indigenous communities (plus their allies, their lawyers) organizing resistance to mega-development projects, labor movement and union leaders

 

MEXICO (in the southern, mostly indigenous states)

targets: community leaders, indigenous and environmental defenders

 

NICARAGUA

targets: news outlets, anti-government demonstrators (criminalization of student leaders, other activists)

COLOMBIA

targets: indigenous and Afro-descendant leaders, journalists, national strike participants, labor organizers, LGBTI rights defenders, women’s rights defenders, former FARC members active in reintegration into civilian society (as designated by the 2016 Peace Accords), farmers active in the national crop substitution program (switching over from growing coca to growing legal crops), and environmental and land rights defenders

 

EL SALVADOR

targets: journalists, LGBTI rights defenders, women’s and reproductive rights leaders

 

GUATEMALA

targets: indigenous communities (their allies, their lawyers) defending land, environmental, and cultural rights in opposition to hydroelectric, mining, and other mega-development projects

 

HONDURAS

targets: journalists, protesters in the street and those monitoring protests, indigenous communities (plus their allies, their lawyers) organizing resistance to mega-development projects, labor movement and union leaders

 

MEXICO (in the southern, mostly indigenous states)

targets: community leaders, indigenous and environmental defenders

 

NICARAGUA

targets: news outlets, anti-government demonstrators (criminalization of student leaders, other activists)