In the Indigenous Yaqui territory of the Mexican state of Sonora on the northern border, water defenders who oppose pipelines have to choose between self-exile or the likely outcome of imprisonment, kidnapping, disappearance, and murder. The defenders have called for ‘cease-fire’ in the long-running water war.
The March 2, 2016 murder of Honduran indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of the Lenca organization COPINH, provoked indignation in Honduras and around the world. Berta was murdered while supporting Indigenous Lenca communities in opposing the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric Project that was being advanced through a public limited company created for the project, Desarrollos Enérgeticos S.A. (DESA).
On March 2, 2016, the world suffered the murder of land defender Berta Cáceres. From that moment, those of us who took on the fight for justice pointed out that this act was aimed at stopping the struggle of the Lenca people in defense of the Gualcarque River.
As the Vice President seeks to remedy root causes of migration, she should vow to dismantle neoliberal rules that have been devastating for rural and Indigenous peoples.
During these pandemic times, everything seems to indicate that the socio-environmental crisis is getting worse in Latin America, especially in the Amazon.
The Escazú Agreement is the first treaty in the world to contain specific provisions on human rights defenders in environmental matters.
At the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the organization that Berta Cáceres founded, they have a saying “Berta did not die: she multiplied”; that March 2nd was not the date…
The involvement of drug cartel operatives in the illegal trade of critically endangered totoaba and vaquita porpoise bycatch has eclipsed efforts to enforce a five-year-long ban on gillnets, provoking foreign sanctions on the village’s all important seafood exports.
The long-running global struggle to prevent extinction of the world’s most endangered marine mammal claimed its first human life in Baja California on Jan. 2, in the conflict between illegal fishing and conservation of the vaquita porpoise.
International Sign-On Statement in solidarity with the Garifuna People and OFRANEH and demanding the safe return of 5 forcibly disappeared Garifuna leaders.