Letter to the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank
Screening Dates Announced. Defensora documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.
It should not understood as a ‘crisis’ that this crime of baby-kidnapping continues to occur on a widespread basis in Guatemala. This is what impunity and a fundamental lack of democracy look like. Powerful economic interests – national and international – act with impunity and can easily get away with crimes and human rights violations in Guatemala. It is the nature of how this unjust country operates.
Radio Interview (33 minutes) with Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action
In September 2013, a Honduran court dictated that widely recognized social movement leader Berta Cáceres, the general coordinator of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organisations), be jailed while awaiting trial in a political case aimed at destroying Indigenous resistance to a mega-proyect being imposed on the Lenca communities of Rio Blanco through military force.