Latin America and the Caribbean


Advances against gene drives

Convention on Biological Diversity: We need to consult communities about gene drives and assess the risks of the technology

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity urged the governments on November 29th to conduct strict risk assessments and consult indigenous people and other local communities before releasing organisms into the environment with “exterminator technology” such as gene drives. The decision to consult the people about this dangerous genetic modification of  … Read more

No more impunity

Bertha Zúñiga after the trial over the femicide of her mother Berta Cáceres: “The challenge is to withdraw Agua Zarca´s permits"

December 2nd marked 33 months of the murder of the Lenca people defender, Berta Cáceres, at her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá department (Honduras) and the attempted murder of environmental activist Gustavo Castro, member of Otros Mundos Chiapas – Friends of the Earth Mexico. The case went to trial after  … Read more

Dangerous visits

Buenos Aires: movements reject G20 summit and demand peoples´ sovereignty

  In a Buenos Aires fully armed, with helicopters and military officers, the only voices heard above the siren alarms are those of the social organizations against the G20 Summit and the return of neoliberalism in the region. This accelerated return has also meant the loss of rights acquired by  … Read more

Not enough

Berta Cáceres: Seven of the eight men accused were convicted, but no masterminds were found guilty

On Thursday, November 29, the Tegucigalpa court announced the verdict over the femicide of Berta Cáceres, who was murdered on March 2nd, 2016 at her home in La Esperanza (Intibucá Department). The men accused were Sergio Rodríguez, Mariano Díaz, Douglas Bustillo, Elvin Heriberto Rápalo, Edilson Duarte, Oscar Haroldo Torres and  … Read more

“It´s necessary to investigate the criminal structures behind Berta´s murder”

Interview with Reinaldo Villalba, member of the International Verification Mission, about the trial over Berta Cáceres murder

“The fact that Berta Cáceres´ relatives and COPINH don´t have a legal representantive in this first trial is something extremely serious. This has been an arbitrary decision made by the Court, as a response of Cáceres´ family insisting on including the masterminds of the crime in this trial as well”,  … Read more

Roger Waters: “Helping others brings us joy”

The British musician participated in a meeting in Montevideo (Uruguay) to talk about Palestine and human rights

“We are here to talk about Palestine, we are here to talk about BDS and we are here to talk about human rights and I´m very happy to see all of you here tonight”, said Waters at the beginning of the meeting with Uruguayan journalists Alejandra Casablanca and Virginia Martínez  … Read more

The process continues

Progress at Working Group for a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights considered a “victory” of the civil

The resolutions and conclusions of the Intergovernmental Working Group submitted by Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador at the UN and chair of the negotiations, were approved, but the representatives of the European Union were the only ones there who did not agree with the conclusions. Now the chair will  … Read more

Free Rivers, Living Peoples

Colombia: 2nd national meeting of Ríos Vivos Movement launched with development alternative proposals

The meeting is taking place in Barrancabermeja, a city located in Santander Department. During its first day, 400 people arrived, among them members of the six national delegations of Ríos Vivos and international representatives. The national delegations are: Asprocig (of Bajo Sinú region), Asoquimbo (Huila), Social Movement for the Defense  … 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

Justice for Berta

Trial against nine accused people begins two and a half years after the femicide of Berta Cáceres in Honduras

Berta Cáceres, a defender of the Lenca people, was murdered on March 2nd, 2016, at her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá department, 200 kilometers North-West to the Honduran capital city. Her murder took place in the framework of an ongoing and systematic repression suffered by those who defend their territories  … Read more