Latin America and the Caribbean


Death threats against CLOC-Via Campesina leader Nury Martínez

“It should not be a crime to be a social leader in Colombia,” said the threatened Chair of FENSUAGRO

In early November, Elsa Nury Martínez, Chair of the National Agricultural Union Federation in Colombia (FENSUAGRO) and member of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organisations (CLOC-Via Campesina), received death threats against her and her family. These threats came from the ‘Black Eagles’ narco-paramilitary group (Águilas Negras – Bloque Capital),  … Read more

Goodbye to the Pinochet-era Constitution

Impressions and expectations from social movements after massive support for a new constitution in Chile

With 78% of votes, the Chilean people have opted to change the current Constitution, which has been in force since 1980 under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The same percentage of people supported doing this through a Constituent Convention (instead of a mixed convention), whose candidates will be elected on 11 April  … Read more

Democracy restored in Bolivia

Luis Arce, member of the socialist party MAS, wins with over 52% of votes. Interview with Silvestre Saisari Cruz (MST-Bolivia)

After the coup d´Etat against Evo Morales’ re-election in November 2019, there were high hopes that these presidential elections in October 2020 would reinstate democracy in Bolivia. 48 hours before the vote, the Argentinian delegation that traveled to Bolivia to act as international observers denounced the illegal detention of lawmaker  … Read more

Beyond the pandemic: online discussion organised by the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism

Interview with Tica Moreno, World March of Women Brazil: “Having a horizon of transformation towards a new society is possible"

On 22 September, the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism (La Jornada Continental), will hold an online discussion entitled “Popular dialogues: unity, democracy and life for our peoples”. Taking place at 4pm in Central America (12am midnight CET), the discussion will be broadcasted live on their Facebook page in  … Read more

Globalize Solidarity, Localize Agriculture!

International Day of Action against WTO and FTAs. La Via Campesina Statement and radio program.

On 10 September 2020, La Via Campesina will once again mark the International Day of Action against WTO and FTAs. On this day, in memory of Lee Kyung Hae’ sacrifice, LVC intend to hold a web-dialogue between peasant leaders and activists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. They will  … Read more

BERTA CÁCERES CASE: TRIAL FOR MILITARY OFFICER AND BUSINESSMAN ACCUSED OF MASTERMINDING MURDER

Honduran court announces that David Castillo must face oral and public trial. Interview with Bertha Zúniga.

After an 18-month suspension of the preliminary hearings to decide whether to open trial against David Castillo, a Honduran court finally announced on 26 August that he will face an oral and public trial. A military intelligence officer trained at West Point, David Castillo is also a known businessman linked  … Read more

“If we don´t mobilise, they are going to let the Machi die”

Milarray Painemal, coordinator of the Indigenous Commission of ANAMURI, demands justice for spiritual leader Celestino Córdova

After being 100 days on hunger strike, on 11 July, Machi Celestino Córdova announced he would begin a dry hunger strike. With the little strength he has left, he sent an audio message addressed “to the Mapuche people and native peoples, to all society around the world, to all peoples  … Read more

Transnational companies made farce donations in Brazil during the battle against Covid-19

A network of civil society organizations and social movements launched the letter "The donation farce..." shared in this post.

Brazil is going through an unprecedented health and economic crisis. The country is one of the epicenters of the world’s Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 83,000 deaths from the virus. Thousands of people are in mourning, and many others are still struggling to survive under these conditions. In this context,  … Read more

Grassroots organisation OFRANEH denounces kidnapping and disappearance of Garifuna leader in Honduras

Armed group kidnapped the President of the Triunfo de la Cruz Community Board and three other young leaders

48 hours after the kidnapping and disappearance of Sneider Centeno, President of the Triunfo de la Cruz Community Board and active member of the Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras (OFRANEH), Real World Radio interviewed fellow OFRANEH member César Benedith, who denounced that they have not yet received “any type of  … Read more

Bolsonaro accused at UN session of attacking women journalists

At least 54 attacks were recorded since he took office. Interview with journalist Bianca Santana.

During the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which takes place from 30 June to 17 July in Geneva, Switzerland, journalist Bianca Santana reported how she was personally targeted by the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, by social media on 28 May. This case is one of 54  … Read more