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.
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.
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.
For over a decade, our grants have sustained human rights movements in unforgiving contexts around the world. Earlier this week the board of the Fund for Global Human Rights approved more than $2.5 million in grants and technical assistance to 128 organizations in our Latin America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia programs. We asked our […]
This Saturday, September 26, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the forty-three students from the teachers college of Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero, Mexico. One year later, 115 people have been detained for their alleged participation in the events of that night, yet for the families of the students and for Fund granteesTlachinollan Human Rights Center (Tlachinollan) and Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (PRODH), it does not mean they are any closer to the truth of what occurred that night or where the forty-three students are today.
Late September last year, students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ school in Guerrero state, Mexico were traveling to an event to raise funds for their school when they were violently intercepted by local police. Several students were killed by open gunfire, and 43 students disappeared. Protests in solidarity with the students and their families arose across […]
Inspirational activist risking it all to champion workers’ rights in Mexico Since the 1960s Mexico has had a thriving maquiladora industry, manufacturing and exporting goods for the clothing and automotive sectors. Today, countless maquiladores (factories) give hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico much needed jobs, and the maquila workforce is primarily female. However, these […]
Members of the Ariadne-IHRFG Donor Working Group on Cross-Border Philanthropy, including Fund staff David B. Mattingly and Poonam Joshi, discuss the worrying trend around the world of legislation that puts restrictions on funding and narrows the space for civil society organizations.
The Fund supports approximately sixty organizations in Latin America through its programs in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. All three of these countries have suffered from intense levels of violence that have been exacerbated by corruption in their justice systems, lack of rule of law, and impunity for crimes committed by powerful state and non-state actors, […]
Esra Yarar, Grants Administrator and Program Assistant, discusses a recent convening held by the Fund in Colombia which included Fund grantees working on resource rights and corporate accountability and local Colombian activists.