land rights

Authorities must guarantee justice in the case of Sergio Rojas, says Costa Rican civil society

In a statement published in February 2021, 67 Costa Rican and 9 international civil society organisations urged authorities to resume investigations and legal processes related to the killing of Bribi leader Sergio Rojas. Read more

Authorities must guarantee justice in the case of Sergio Rojas, says Costa Rican civil society

A deadly January in Colombia

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) warned that January 2021 had been the most violent start to a year since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian State in 2016. Read more

A deadly January in Colombia

Turbulent election period sees attacks on opposition, internet shutdown and police violence.

Opposition leaders face attacks, arbitrary arrests and detention, ahead of and after January 2021 elections; Civil society efforts to monitor elections stifled by authorities; Election-related protests and rallies violently dispersed; Journalists targeted with violence by authorities; Internet, social media accounts shut down ahead of elections Read more

Turbulent election period sees attacks on opposition, internet shutdown and police violence.

Campesinos and Indigenous peoples mobilise in Paraguay

In October and November 2020, thousands of rural workers, Indigenous peoples and social organisations mobilised for a series of demands, including social justice, land redistribution and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Campesinos and Indigenous peoples mobilise in Paraguay

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

On 24th November 2020, Laura Carolina Valentín Dolmo, a young Garífuna defender and member of the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH), was found dead in the river Danto in La Ceiba, in the northern Atlantida department. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

In November 2020, Brazil held countrywide local elections to elect city councillors and mayors. Politically-motivated attacks and assassinations increased by nearly 200 percent in 2020 in comparison to previous years. Read more

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

Advocacy groups and activists continue campaign against mining projects in PNG despite threats

Civil society and human rights defenders are continuing their struggles against mining projects planned in PNG. UN experts have raised serious concerns about the gold, copper and silver mine proposed for the remote Frieda river, while environmental groups oppose a coal mine in Lae. Read more

Advocacy groups and activists continue campaign against mining projects in PNG despite threats

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

On 9th November 2020, president Martín Vizcarra was removed from office by Peru’s Congress over corruption allegations. Lawmakers voted 105-19 in favour of Vizcarra’s impeachment on the basis of a controversial “moral incapacitation” clause in the country’s legislation, which is set to be evaluated by the Constitutional Court. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

Canada: Local and global concerns move people to rally and call on government to take action

On 18th October 2020, hundreds of people rallied in Halifax to express support for Mi'kmaw fishers who are pushing back against commercial fishers’ claims on local lobster fisheries. Read more

Canada: Local and global concerns move people to rally and call on government to take action

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala

On 11th September 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the murders of and attacks against Indigenous and land rights defenders and their allies. Read more

Judicial harassment of journalist and attacks against Indigenous rights defenders in Guatemala