6 May 2016
In April 2016 Padre Alberto Franco and Jani Silva, Colombian human rights defenders, visited London as part of a Europe wide speaker tour organised by PBI.Father Alberto Franco is the executive secretary of the human rights NGO Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP). The work of the CIJP focuses on the field accompaniment Afro-Colombian, indigenous and peasant farmer communities.
26 April 2016
Invisible MandelasThe world woke up to the perils of defending human rights in Honduras last month with the tragic news of the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres. According to a recent study by Global Witness, Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world to be an environmental defender, with 111 murders reported between 2010 and 2015.
16 March 2016
In March 2016 Pedro Sicá, Guatemalan indigenous leader, visited London as part of a Europe wide speaker tour organised by PBI. Pedro is an indigenous Maya K’iche’ leader of the Cunén Community Council (CCC), a community organization for the defence of the land, natural resources and human rights. In the area of Cunén and northern Quiché, there are many social conflicts around hydroelectric projects, mining and high-voltage electricity pylons. PBI began accompanying CCC in 2010 due to the security risks faced by human rights defenders actively promoting the right to land, territory and natural resources in the region.
4 March 2016
Networks and organizations across the Americas and Europe issue a statement condemning the assassination of the Honduran human rights activist Berta Cáceres.Berta Cáceres, Lenca indigenous leader and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was murdered yesterday at her residence in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras. While expressing its deepest condolences to her family, civil society urges the Honduran authorities to invest all necessary resources to investigate, prosecute, punish those responsible and take appropriate remedy measures, including publicly dignifying the memory of Berta. The international community, the statement reads, should also “take all necessary measures to ensure that the Honduran State fulfill its human rights obligations.”
13 December 2015
On Saturday 12 December 2015, delegates at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference signed the agreement that will form the core of the global response to climate change from the time it comes into force in 2020.While the deal was hailed by many leaders and commentators as a remarkable diplomatic success for its ambitious warming targets, representatives from indigenous nations around the world took to the streets of Paris to draw attention to the key clauses that had been removed: those that made binding commitments to the protection of human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples in climate change solutions. In the final text, all references to these rights were relegated to the non-binding, aspirational words of the preamble.
5 September 2015
“Sin la tierra no podemos vivir” “Without the land we cannot live”Land of Corn is the story of four environmental and land rights defenders in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras. In 2014, a Global Witness report found 116 cases of killings of land and environmental defenders in 17 countries. Central and South America account for more than 75% of all deaths.
10 November 2014
Guardian article about the Colombian HRDs who visited London last month
1 November 2014
Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas are land rights defenders from north west Colombia, forced into exile in August 2014 due to threats against them.Stop investing in Colombian blood: land activists appeal to the UK, by Sam Jones, Guardian, 10th November 2014.
7 July 2014
The people of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia, have faced threats, stigmatisation and killings because of their decision to resist displacement, embrace nonviolence and work together to create a better world for future generations.They are seeking justice for human rights violations, nonviolence in the midst of a conflict zone, and environmental sustainability.Bruce McCallum has produced this video for PBI in March 2014, to coincide with the #PeacePioneers campaign by ethical company Lush Cosmetics to protect the Peace Community.
5 December 2013
"Land rights defenders are harrassed and even killed because they address business-related abuse." Harriet BergWatch the entire event on this video from ISHR.Get an abreviated version through this compilation of live-tweeted comments.