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Support water defenders under attack in Central America

    November 03, 2017

    By Kathy Price, campaigner responsible for work on human rights defenders in Latin America

    From November 5-12, an Amnesty International mission is visiting Guatemala and Honduras to send a clear message: land and water defenders need protection NOW. 

    My colleague, Tara Scurr, and I will join Amnesty International campaigners from Sweden, Spain, USA and our regional office in Mexico to meet with human rights defenders, victims and government authorities, as well as Embassy staff representing the European Union, Canada and the US.

    We'll be handing over more than 40,000 petition signatures from Amnesty supporters across Canada to urgently call on the governments of Honduras and Guatemala to address this crisis. These signatures communicate a strong message of concern from Canada that we hope will have an impact, together with the signatures gathered in other countries.

    March 20, 2017

    Take action to support water defenders under dangerous attack in Central America. 

     

    Join us for an inspiring panel discussion with:

     

    Luis Fernando García Monroy

    Luis Fernando was shot and seriously injured in 2013 by security guards employed by Tahoe Resources, a Canadian company, at its mine in Santa Rosa, Guatemala. He went on to co-found JODVID (Jovenes en Defensa de la Vida - Youth in Defence of Life), an organization that uses the arts to communicate the importance of protecting the environment from the harms of large-scale industrial activities, including mining.

    Felipe Benítez

    Felipe is a Lenca agro ecologist in Honduras, member of the Lenca Indigenous Council of Gualinga and the coordinator of the Independent Indigenous Lenca Movement of La Paz (MILPAH). Felipe's nephew was killed and other members of MILPAH have suffered violent attacks in response to efforts to defend the right to decision-making about indigenous territory, as well as opposition to hydro-electric projects they believe will have a destructive impact.

    Félix Antonio Molina

    Join us for the Karuara tour, organized in support of Kukama Indigenous activists who are protecting their rivers and culture in Peru’s northern Amazon region from extractive and exploitative industries. “Karuara” means people of the river in the Kukama language, and refers to the sacred guardians of the Amazon’s waterways.



    Mari Luz Canaquiri Murayari, president of the Kukama Women’s Federation, will be traveling across the province during October with filmmakers Miguel Araoz and Stephanie Boyd. For the past 20 years Mari Luz has been protecting rivers in the Amazon from oil exploration, dredging, and other mega-projects such as hydroelectric dams. The trio will present their short film Parana-The River, which highlights Mari Luz’s tireless work to defend the Marañon River and her culture. They will also present a book of traditional Kukama stories, illustrated by children and entitled Karuara, People of the River (2016). 



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