Activism Under Threat

New threats against human rights
defenders require new kinds of protection

Human rights organizations and funders in Latin America need to rethink how they protect defenders in light of increasing threats from non-state actors and impunity encouraged by the state.   By Padre Melo July 11, 2017 This post originally appeared on OpenGlobalRights website; article reposted with permission. Beyond the tragic stories and shocking statistics of environmental and […]

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Video: Activists need new tools to protect themselves

  A record number of activists are being killed in Latin America – and old methods of security aren’t working. How do we protect activists facing threats from shadowy actors and complicit governments? To begin answering this question, the Fund for Global Human Rights and Just Associates (JASS) brought together activists from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, […]

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PROTECTING AGAINST THREATS

Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center (CDHM), based in Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico.   Q: Why are people who stand up for human rights at risk from companies, organized crime and extremist political groups, and what can be done to protect them?   Why are defenders at risk and what can […]

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Protecting Against Threats

Claudia Samayoa, the general coordinator for the Protection of Unit of Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala, known as UDEFEGUA.   Q: Why are people who stand up for human rights at risk from companies, organized crime and extremist political groups, and what can be done to protect them? Human rights defenders, whether they work individually […]

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Activists need new tools to protect themselves

  A record number of activists are being killed in Latin America – and old methods of security aren’t working. How do we protect activists facing threats from shadowy actors and complicit governments? To begin answering this question, the Fund for Global Human Rights and Just Associates (JASS) brought together activists from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, […]

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Latin America’s Environmental Defenders Find Themselves in the Crosshairs

Environmental defenders, whose work often includes land and resource rights, the rights of indigenous communities, and both state and nonstate threats to healthy environments, are among the human rights defenders most at risk. A report by Global Witness states that Latin America is the most dangerous region, and Honduras the most dangerous country, for environmental defenders. Of the 185 killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America, while in Honduras 12 were killed in 2014 alone.

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We must find new ways to protect human rights defenders

December 10, 2016 By James Savage, Program Officer at the Fund for Global Human Rights, and Iva Dobichina at Open Society Foundations. This post originally appeared in the Guardian; article reposted with permission.  In 2018 we will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which recognises the role and guarantees the […]

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Supporting Human Rights When it Matters Most

What happens when an opportunity arises that activists didn’t expect? Or when an unforeseen threat endangers their work - or even their personal safety? The Fund for Global Human Rights stands ready to support our grantees both in moments of tragedy and insecurity, as well as in times of new growth.

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An Activist’s Response to the UN Special Rapporteur’s Call to End Violence Against Environmental Human Rights Defenders

November 1, 2016 By Claudia Virginia Samayoa, founder and coordinator Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos – Guatemala (UDEFEGUA). Translated from Spanish by Lydia Cocom.   Fund grantee UDEFEGUA works every day to protect human rights defenders in Guatemala – an increasingly difficult feat as violence against activists escalates. In this […]

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Habitat III: New Urban Agenda and the importance of civil society

Close on the heels of the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the upcoming HABITAT III conference offers the international community a timely opportunity to revisit and revision its commitments to putting human rights at the heart of sustainable urban development. However, the encompassing of human rights into the international development agenda and the timing of HABITAT III come at a point where human rights activists have never been under greater attack. Does this mean that co-operation and collaboration between government and civil society in the advent of the closing space for civil society is no longer feasible?

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