Latin America and the Caribbean


Berta Cáceres murder case: David Castillo to face trial

Announcement comes hours before the fifth anniversary of the Lenca defender’s murder.

Roberto David Castillo Mejía is a Honduran businessman, former government employee for the state energy agency, and later Executive Director of the company in charge of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project: Desarrollos Energéticos S.A (DESA). Berta Cáceres and the Lenca community from Rio Blanco opposed the installation of DESA’s project  … Read more

Peasant leader denounces systematic violence in Colombia at UN Human Rights Council

Nury Martínez, Chair of Fensuagro-La Vía Campesina, will address United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

On Thursday 25 February, Nury Martinez, Chair of the National Agricultural Union Federation (FENSUAGRO), member of La Via Campesina in Colombia, will address the plenary meeting of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. She will denounce the systematic violence and repression of peasant organisations in Colombia, as  … Read more

“HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION:” CIVIL SOCIETY EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DIRECTION OF UN FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT

Civil society organisations insist that the UN Food Systems Summit should not be driven by private and corporate interests

The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) addressed the Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Thanawat Tiensin, last week, demanding a new course for the Food Systems Summit set to take place in September 2021. “The CSM cannot jump onto a train that is heading  … Read more

Brumadinho: Two years of impunity

Two years after the collapse of the dam in Brazil, the people affected have still not received full reparation

25 January 2020 marked two years since the worst environmental crime in the history of Brazil: the collapse of a giant mining dam operated by Vale S.A., located in Córrego do Feijao, near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais State. The thousands of people affected have still not received adequate reparations for the impacts they  … Read more

RELATIVES AND SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS DEMAND JUSTICE FOR COLOMBIAN PEASANT LEADER OMAR MORENO IBAGUÉ

Interview with Aidee Moreno Ibagué, Omar’s sister and member of SINTRAGRIM and FENSUAGRO (La Via Campesina)

The year 2020 saw the highest recorded murders of social leaders and defenders of territories and peoples’ rights in Colombia, since the signing of the Peace Accords in 2016, according to data from the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (INDEPAZ). On 28 December 2020, peasant and social leader  … Read more

“We are in a hurry for concrete and real actions, because it is our dreams which are being shattered, our families dismembered, victimized by this racist project”

An analysis of corporate, patriarchal and racist structures in past and present Brazil, and the path to a different future

One month after the murder of João Alberto Silveira Freitas by the security guards hired by Carrefour supermarkets in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Patrícia Gonçalves, member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Earth Brazil and activist in the Front in Defense of Quilombola Territories in Rio Grande do  … Read more

Ecuador will appeal Chevron’s arbitration award

The State Attorney General's Office began the process to appeal the sentence. UDAPT appreciates the international support.

At the last minute, the State Attorney General’s Office of Ecuador informed the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) that it had begun the appeal process of the arbitration award in favor of Chevron in The Hague. In November, UDAPT warned in a statement that the arbitration award issued  … Read more

Colombia: Arbitrary detentions of peasant representatives denounced

"Those who are not murdered are imprisoned. It is a judicial setup to criminalize leaders," CNA says.

The Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-LVC) denounced the “arbitrary detention” by the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia of three well-known leaders of the National Agricultural Coordination (CNA) on December 15. They are Adelso Gallo, a recognized peasant and social leader from the central-eastern region of Colombia, a member  … Read more

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