The brutal murder, torture and rape of Rosa Elvira Cely, in the middle of Bogota's National Park, has led to a justifiable wave of indignation across the whole country. To the cry of 'Not one more Rosa!' thousands of Bogotans met on 3 June at the site of the macabre crime to pay tribute to this victim and to vehemently protest violence against women.
In this article I don't want to go too in depth into this particular crime, which unfortunately is only one more in a string of thousands of abuses and feminicides that occur on a daily basis in Colombia. Nor do I want to refer to the multiple negligences that contributed, by some degree to the fatal ending of this story (the inadequate response of the police to calls for help, negligence in medical treatment with the stab wounds that ultimately led to death not being treated etc). What I want to draw attention to is the hypocrisy of the Colombian media and elites who today are horrified before the corpse of Rosa Elvira Cely, but who systematically turn a blind eye to crimes of right wing paramilitaries  which are a carbon copy of the impaling of Rosa Elvira Cely.
A wave of illegal loggers, settlers and ranchers have invaded their lands, and time is running out.
Today Colin Firth helps us to launch a major new campaign to save the Awá, and we need your help.
'One man has the power to stop the loggers: Brazil's Minister of Justice. But it's just not his priority. Let's push it up his list.' Colin Firth
AMARC asks for an urgent interventation of the Freedom of expression and Indigenous peoples rapporteurs in defense of the Mapuche radios
Santiago de Chile, April 2nd, 2012. AMARC Chile realized an observer mission on Mapuche community media and radios' freedom of expression, realized in Araucania and Los Rios regions, Chile, from January 25 to 27 2012.
As a result of this mission, the network published a report asking for an urgent intervention of the Freedom of expression and Indigenous peoples rapporteurs in defense of those radios. The request is included in the results report.
Among the requests done to the UN Rapporteurs for the freedom of expression and opinion and for Indigenous peoples' rights, as well as to the Rapporteur of the Organization of American States (OAS), there is to take care of the situation in which are living the Mapuche women communicators as a result of the exercise of the right to communicate.
Venue: LASC Offices, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
Date: Thursday, 2nd February
We will have a conversation with Mayra Gómez, from Bolivia, on the question of the popular government in Bolivia and it's relationship with the indigenous and other social movements. This relationship has proved to be far more complex than usually assumed as proved by social unrest around some megaprojects recently.
LASC, Bolivia Information Forum UK and Venezuela Ireland Network present a talk by: Dr. John Crabtree, Oxford University Latin America Centre.
Venue: The Ireland Institute, The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Date & Time: Friday 4th November at 7:30pm
“The Bolivia of Evo Morales and the MAS: Achievements and Challenges”
The election of Evo Morales and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia is leading to a transformation of the country. The constitution has been re-written and Bolivia re-founded as a “Plurinational State”; the government has taken control of natural resources, including gas and oil, and is spending increased income on social programmes to benefit Bolivia's poorest groups. Indigenous people are now participating at the highest levels of office and women are playing a key role in public administration.
Party, book launch and reading
22nd October, 8:00pm-00:30am
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1
In "Zapatista Spring", Irish activist Ramor Ryan tells the exhilirating story of eight international volunteers working with indigenous campesinos to build a community water system in a Zapatista hamlet called Roberto Arenas in Chiapas, Mexico.
Party, book launch and reading - 22nd October 8:00pm-00:30am
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1
In "Zapatista Spring", Irish activist Ramor Ryan tells the exhilirating story of eight international volunteers working with indigenous campesinos to build a community water system in a Zapatista hamlet called Roberto Arenas in Chiapas, Mexico. A fantastic storyteller, Ryan vividly brings to life the interpersonal dramas of the international brigade, the challenges of doing Zapatista solidarity work amidst a dangerous climate of right-wing military repression, and day-to-day life in a remote Tzeltal community of subsistence family farmers.
28 September 2011
President and Brother Evo Morales
Since 2006, Bolivia has shown leadership to the world on how to tackle the most profound challenges of our time. We have achieved the approval of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the United Nations and promoted a vision for society based on Vivir Bien (Living Well) rather than consuming more.