Testimonies


Shelter to protect defenders of territories in Bogota, Colombia

From April 28 to May 2, there will be a Humanitarian Shelter for Life that aims to protect social leaders in Bogota

The Humanitarian Shelter for Life was established on April 28 in Bogota to raise awareness about the risks suffered by defenders of life and territories in Colombia. The decision was part of the national and international work being carried out with Colombian defenders of life and territories who are being  … Read more

REITOCA COMMUNITY FACES REPRESSION OVER RESISTANCE AGAINST HYDROELECTRIC DAM

Police and military officers and private security guards of company PROGELSA shot with tear gas and pellets against the community

Since January 2018, the population of Reitoca, a municipality of Francisco Morazan department, Honduras, is controlling the territories of the high areas of the town, where they set up a campsite to prevent a hydroelectric dam from being built on Petacón River. In the afternoon of Wednesday 24, police officers  … Read more

8M: All women on Feminist Strike

Women´s Strike Calls in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay. Testimonies.

“We are the ones who put our bodies and hands to work the land”, said the comrades of the Landless Rural Workers Union in Mendoza (Argentina). Also in Argentina, in Santiago del Estero, the women of the National Peasant and Indigenous Movement (MNCI-CLOC-VC) are joining urban women “for production, food  … Read more

Dialogue and peace for Venezuela

Uruguayan organizations denounced an attempted coup in Venezuela and expressed their support towards the dialogue for peace.

The Uruguayan central workers union, PIT-CNT, together with the Continental Conference for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, and the Union Gathering Nuestra América, held a rally in Montevideo on February 7 demanding “Dialogue and Peace for Venezuela.” The mobilization took place in the center of the Uruguayan capital, while a few  … Read more

“A great step forward for all humanity”

Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón

“A great step forward for all humanity” Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón The adoption by a very large majority of the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas represents  … Read more

HATE UNLEASHED

Two landless leaders brutally murdered in Paraiba, North-East Brazil

On December 8th, two peasant leaders of the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil were shot to death by hooded man while they were having dinner at their campsite “Don José María Pires”, in Paraíba State. This clearly reflects a “hate speech” which has been specially targeting Brazilian popular organizations.  … Read more

Remembering Berta

The trial over Berta Cáceres murder begins today. Berta´s COPINH comrades remember her.

The trial against the eight men accused of murdering Berta Cáceres begins today, September 17th. She was murdered on March 2016 at her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá department, Honduras. When she was awarded with the Goldman Prize in 2015, where her role as an indigenous and Lenca people defender  … Read more

Standing Strong

Guatemala mobilizes to demand resignation of President Jimmy Morales and investigate crimes against indigenous defenders

Thousands of demonstrators are marching from different areas of the country and heading to the Guatemalan Congress building to demand the resignation of President Jimmy Morales, and the continuation of the International Commission against Corruption in Guatemala (CICIG) that has been investigating acts of corruption in the government since 2017.  … Read more

Being a defender in Central America

Interview with Salvadoran defender Marta Rivas

Marta Rivas was born 29 years ago in a settlement for Salvadoran refugees in Honduras known as “Mesa Grande”, where she lived with hundreds of children who grew up during the armed conflict that took place in El Salvador from 1980 to 1992. She was named after her community: Santa  … Read more

We cannot be celebrating

25 years after the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: Community forest management and agroecology are the future

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. However, “we cannot be celebrating”. The planet is facing serious environmental degradation, and the necessary measures to counteract it are not being taken, warned activist Rita Uwaka with Environmental Rights Action – Friends of the Earth  … Read more