Naomi Barasa, Kenya

Born in an informal settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, Naomi Barasa was a close witness to street violence, police brutality, impunity and the overwhelming inequality of the slums. Her journey as a human rights defender has embedded her in the struggle to improve living conditions for Nairobi’s 2.5 million slum dwellers. Naomi was instrumental in the campaign that led to the passage of the Sexual Offences Act in 2006, and has acted as Campaigns Manager for the Right to Adequate Housing with Amnesty International since 2009.

Colombian Peace Community receives new assassination threats

Peace Brigades International is profoundly concerned that, on 20 September 2018, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia, was informed that it was an “irreversible decision of the paramilitaries to eliminate, before the end of 2018, three leaders of the Peace Community”. Among these are included the Community’s Legal Representative, Germán Graciano Posso, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt by paramilitaries on 29 December 2017.

Kevin Ramirez, Honduras

Kevin Ramírez Vásquez is an environmental activist from the community of El Listón in the Santa Barbara district of northern Honduras, which has the greatest number of extractive and hydroelectric concessions in the country. In 2013, work began to build a hydroelectric dam in the area despite the fact that 27 local communities, organised under the leadership of Kevin Ramírez, were opposed to it.

María Lígia, Colombia

Maria Ligia Chaverra is 77 years old and has been fighting for the rights of her community for 20 years, in the midst of the armed conflict which has terrorised the Colombian region of Bajo Atrato. Despite being displaced multiple times during the conflict, she has never given up her struggle to reclaim the land and resources on which her community depends.

In her own words: Maria Ligia

Maria Ligia Chaverra is 77 years old and has been fighting for the rights of her community for 20 years, in the midst of the armed conflict which has terrorised the Colombian region of Bajo Atrato. Despite being displaced multiple times during the conflict, she has never given up her struggle to reclaim the land and resources on which her community depends.

In his own words: Kevin Ramírez

Kevin Ramírez Vásquez is an environmental activist from the community of El Listón in the Santa Barbara district of northern Honduras, which has the greatest number of extractive and hydroelectric concessions in the country. In 2013, work began to build a hydroelectric dam in the area despite the fact that 27 local communities, organised under the leadership of Kevin Ramírez, were opposed to it. In 2017, Kevin co-founded the Association of Defenders of Common Goods in Quimistán (ASODEBICOQ), of which he remains a key member.

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