More than half of the activist deaths in the world have occurred in Latin America.
2015 was a dismal year for those who defend human rights in the region. According to Front Line Defenders, an international organization dedicated to the protection of human rights defenders, with headquarters in Ireland, 156 people died in the past year for defending human rights, 87 of them in Latin America and 54 alone in Colombia.
Millions of people will be forced to migrate due to climate change and natural disasters.
More than 22,000 persons were subjected to forced disappearance between 2006 and 2014. The practice of enforced disappearance is widespread throughout the territory of Mexico and most cases remain unpunished, declared the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances in a report released on Feb. 13.
Three of the five points on the agenda for peace negotiations between the government and the FARC have already been approved. “The circulation of [fake] versions and rumors” that attempted to “misinform and create mistrust” between Colombians was — as the chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle said — what motivated President Juan Manuel Santos to reveal at the end of September the agreements that have been reached in the peace talks in Havana with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), since November 2012.
Social movements call for public policies that strengthen food as a right.
“Jalousie in colors” neglects public safety issues and residents´ needs.
The project “Jalousie en colors,” organized by the government of President Michel Martelly, was started in order to smarten up the hillside slum Jalousie in the district Pétion-Ville of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.
Haitian team recognized for fighting for food democracy by promoting safe, healthy agricultural practices and advocating for peasant farmer rights.
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance announced Aug. 13 that a team of Haiti’s five largest peasant organizations won the fifth-annual Food Sovereignty Prize, an honor granted to grassroots groups for creating projects that create “food democracy” and combat hunger and poverty.
Interview with lawyer Sergio Coronado
Truth and reparations for victims are uncertain issues in negotiations between government and FARC.
After more than 50 years of conflict and several failed negotiation attempts between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, President Juan Manuel Santos initiated a new rapprochement with the country’s leading guerrilla group in the search for peace-building.
Attacks increase on campesino leaders demanding their seized land.
Since 2002, 50 campesino leaders have been killed in Colombia for trying to recover their lands that had been seized by armed groups. Three leaders were murdered in April alone.
By Jane Regan
Despite international intervention, there is no end in sight to the standoff between President Aristide and his opponents. The violent blocking of an anti-government demonstration has again raised doubts about whether Haiti is ready for the parliamentary and local elections that the government vows to hold later this year, with or without opposition parties and despite disapproval from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States.
The march, called by opposition parties and civic groups for Sept.