Together with her grandmother, her sisters, and her colleagues at COPINH, Berta's daughter plans to take her mother’s case as far as she can. If the national courts fail to hold all those implicated to account, they will go to regional and international courts. They aren’t alone. The implications of Berta’s death have reverberated across Honduras and Latin America. If her killers thought it would have a chilling effect on other indigenous communities and activists, they could not have been more wrong.
At La Puya, I saw the tremendous impact Fund grantees have on people’s lives. Due to the corrupt nature of Guatemala’s government, the communities I met are still battling the mine. But the Fund has shown me that with sustained support, they can win—and I’m proud be a part of that victory.
When Sandra Wobusobozi visits rural communities in northwestern Uganda, she often goes alone—armed only with educational brochures and a beat-up motorbike. As a staff member of the Lake Albert Children Women Advocacy Development Organization (LACWADO), Sandra jets between remote areas, training and collaborating with community members to tackle issues ranging from domestic violence, to child marriage, to corporate land grabs. Despite her young age, Sandra’s presence in the communities LACWADO serves is vital to the group’s success.
The Fund recently sat down with activist Alfred Brownell to discuss the importance of natural resource rights to Liberia’s future and the threats he faces.
When I asked Min Min, the Executive Director of Olive Branch, how he would describe his work, he said “We help local people to help themselves in defending and claiming their fundamental rights and freedoms…our ultimate goal is that local people take an active role in defending and promoting their own rights.”
December 9, 2016 Over a two-day period in June 2007, flooding in Balochistan, Pakistan destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. This unprecedented flooding was a direct result of defective engineering in the Mirani Dam, built by the Pakistani government in 2001. Horrified by the events, Sharif Shambezi fought tirelessly to secure compensation […]
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 […]