Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC)
PRESS RELEASE: 29-05-13
Yesterday a delegation of approximately 1,500 villagers travelled to the Perol Lagoon to carry out an inspection, following a series of pronouncements by the government and the mining company that the Conga project is advancing. The villagers were prevented from carrying out the inspection by the national police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. One man, José Guillermo Cueva, aged 30, was injured in the arm and stomach.
Petition online: Demand the Colombian government security for women’s organizer Alfamir Castillo and her lawyers
Darbey Mosquera, son of Alfamir Castillo, was murdered on 28 February 2008 by the Colombian Army and then presented as a guerrilla killed in combat -these cases are known as "falsos positivos" and represent a crime against humanity.Since then Alfamir Castillo together with her husband have been fighting for justice; she is also an organsier of the women in Pradera, Valle del Cauca, a sugar cane cutters town.
BY LAURA POWELL, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS
Justice has suffered a heavy blow in the hemisphere as Guatemala restores its mantle as the home of some of the hemisphere's worst human rights violators. The international human rights community stands in awe and deep disappointment at this setback.
On May 20, 2013 Guatemala's five-member Constitutional Court voted three to two to overturn the guilty verdict issued just 10 days earlier by the First High Risk Court against former dictator General José Efraín Ríos Montt. Ríos Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for acts of genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the indigenous Ixil people during his relatively brief period as head of state (1982-1983).
BY KIMBERLY BULLARD, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS
The author would like to thank COHA Director Larry Birns and recently appointed COHA trustee, Henry Raymont (formerly with The New York Times and the International Press Service), for their cooperation and sharing their extensive, first-hand expertise of Argentina's Dirty War. COHA Senior Research Fellow Frederick B. Mills deserves thanks for his editorial support.
BY LAURA POWELL, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE COUNCIL ON HEMISPHE
Amazingly enough, there seems to be some confusion about whether or not genocide actually occurred in Guatemala's lengthy civil war (1960-1996). This unlikely debate has come to life due to the ongoing trial of former dictator General José Efraín Ríos Montt, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity committed during his brief but highly violent reign (1982-1983). The Council on Hemispheric Affairs recently published a number of articles regarding the Ríos Montt trial and the genocide in Guatemala.
Letter in Irish Times on 25/07/2012 by Fergal Anderson, Member of the Irish working group on Food Sovereignty
Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom’s article “Ireland could lose out by rejecting GM” (Home News, July 19th) on a talk by Jack Bobo, Hillary Clinton’s biotechnology adviser, in University College Dublin, provided a great deal of misleading information about the debate on GM crops.
Mr Bobo is correct in his assertion that Ireland, like the rest of Europe, imports huge amounts of mixed animal feeds which include GM crops. These crops come with environmental and social costs (deforestation, soil exhaustion, excessive chemical use) which are not reflected in their price.