On December 20th 2017 Ann Clwyd MP tabled an early day motion (EDM) in parliament on the critical situation in Colombia for human rights defenders. This statement comes after the killings of prominent land rights defenders Mario Castaño Bravo and Hernán Bedoya at the end of 2017. The EDM reads:
Aurelia Arzú, a human rights defender from the Garifuna community in Honduras, visited London on a speaker tour in September 2017 in her capacity as vice coordinator of the Fraternal Black Organisation of Honduras (OFRANEH). OFRANEH work to safeguard the economic, social and cultural rights of the unique Garifuna ethnic community.
An evening of talks, discussion and music aboard the Tattershall Castle (‘The Pub on the River Thames’ – between Westminster and Embankment tube stations).
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Amidst human rights crisis, Mexican human rights defenders struggle for justice in the coal mining region of Coahuila
"The campaign against me has been horrendous, I have been libelled and followed and threatened," Cristina Auerbach says. "That is why the work of PBI has been so crucial. We really value it."
By: Felix Manig
On the October 20 in Tegucigalpa members of COPINH and other civil society organisations held a peaceful demonstration outside of the Public Prosecutors’ office to demand transparency and justice in the case of the murder of Berta Cáceres. The demonstrators faced violent repression by the police forces present. Police fired water cannon and tear gas at the protesters. Hundreds of people were affected by tear gas fumes as they attempted to flee the scene. Those who found themselves within the reach of the security forces were kicked and beaten with batons.
International day of the world’s indigenous peoples represents an opportunity to reflect on the contribution made by indigenous communities around the globe. While the common narrative surrounding indigenous people often focuses on their vulnerability, PBI's experience working with grassroots community groups at the forefront of the struggle for land and environmental rights in Central and Latin America highlights that they are also important agents of change.