Latin America

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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Beyond the Courtroom:
A personal approach to justice in Guatemala

As victims and their families in Guatemala have sought truth and justice for crimes committed during the country’s 30-year civil war, Fund grantee Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y de Acción Psicosocial (ECAP) has played a key supporting role. Founded in 1997, ECAP provides crucial psychosocial support to witnesses, victims, experts, and even judges involved in the transitional justice trials. ECAP’s role has been vital in trials like the Sepur Zarco case, which marked the first time sexual slavery during war was prosecuted in the country in which it was committed.

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Justice for Migrants: Sharing lessons between Latin America and the Euro-Mediterranean

While migration is a time old phenomenon, the last few years have seen a series of acute refugee crises erupt around the globe. Across Latin America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, widespread conflict, political violence and chronic poverty are driving increasing numbers to risk everything in search of safer and better lives. The most visible of these crises is in the Euro-Mediterranean region, through which hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled since 2014.

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Seeking truth when loved ones disappear

“My father’s brother was disappeared. We never found out what happened to him.” – Maria,* age 28 To say that Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil war was brutal is an understatement. An estimated 45,000 people were forcibly disappeared — and another 200,000 killed. Heartbreaking accounts of the conflict include stories of capture, torture, rape, and massacre. However, […]

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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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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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Justice for Our Daughters in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be female. In 2015, 6 women were murdered every day. Unfortunately, entrenched corruption and a culture of machismo—which considers women second-class citizens—mean that the majority of cases of gender-based violence are never investigated.

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