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Paying With Our Lives: Art, Journalism & the Defence of Rights, Justice, Land & the Environment in Guatemala & Honduras

    Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 19:00

    Paying With Our Lives: Art, Journalism & the Defence of Rights, Justice, Land & the Environment in Guatemala & Honduras


    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

    Félix survived a shooting attack by gunmen in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in May 2016. A journalist known for critical, independent, investigative work, Félix had reported on connections between military, political and business leaders behind a controversial dam project opposed by murdered Lenca leader Berta Cáceres. Felix was awarded the Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism for his radio reporting on post-coup Honduras.


    • WHEN: Thursday June 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

    • WHERE: Amnesty International House, 312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa


    The panel discussion will be followed by opportunities to add your voice to actions for rights, justice and corporate accountability.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Americas Policy Group (APG), Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), Inter Pares, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Mining Watch Canada, Nobel Women's Initiative, Peace Brigades International Canada (PBI), and PSAC Social Justice Fund.

    For more information, contact



    Amnesty House
    312 Laurier Ave E
    K1N 1H9 Ottawa , Ontario
    Ontario CA