Citizen Organizing & Politics
Cross-posted from Nobel Women's Initiative
“Women have been resisting, defending our lives, our bodies, our territories, our culture, our spirituality, our autonomy because we desire not only territorial autonomy and autonomy for this country, we want autonomy for our bodies, for individuals, for the sovereignty of the body of people. “
Meet Berta Cáceres Flores.
Human Rights Lawyers Urge International Human Rights Commission to Denounce Pattern of Threats and Intimidation against Lawyers in Haiti
Cross-posted from IJDH
(WASHINGTON D.C., November 4, 2013) — The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) met with representatives from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today to ask them to denounce an escalating pattern of threats and intimidation against lawyers and judges in Haiti.
Cross-posted from Myriam Chancy
The implications of the ruling of September 23 by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic, stripping citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, where nationality is conferred “jus soli,” by place of birth, are only beginning to be understood by the international community with the OAS, Amnesty International, and the governments of Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, openly condemning the violation of human rights it represents. Hanging in the balance are the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Dominicans of Haitian descent–of all ages–who have been rendered stateless by the ruling, in what has been deemed a human rights crisis in the making.
The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.
By Beverly Bell
Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20.
From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others. “We’re standing firm against the pressure, the criminalization, the abuse, and the manipulations,” she said.
Cross-posted from IJDH
(PORT-AU-PRINCE September 12, 2013)— Two human rights groups—the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti and U.S.-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)—today asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for “precautionary measures” against the Haitian government on behalf of human rights lawyer Patrice Florvilus. Attorney Florvilus, who heads the Defenseurs des Opprimes (Defenders of the Oppressed) in Haiti, has faced threats, intimidation, and harassment from police and judicial officials in retaliation for his legal representation of police brutality victims.
Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders.
By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds
August 21, 2013
"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."
A Big Step Towards Justice And Remedies For Mayan Qeqchi Victims Of Repression In Guatemala Linked To Hudbay Minerals
By Grahame Russell, August 11, 2013
Cross-posted from Haiti Grassroots Watch
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1 August 2013 – As the government works on preparing “an attractive law that will entice investors,” Haitian popular organizations are mobilizing and forming networks to resist mining in their country.