Latin America Solidarity Centre

LAW Dublin Conference: Building generations of environmental defenders. Voices from Brazil, Peru and Ireland


10:00 am - 1:30 pm, 22/04/2017

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Free of charge


LAW Dublin Conference brings together voices of Environmental Defenders from Brazil, Perú and Ireland.

Parallel to the Conference we will show the Irish in Latin America exhibition, kindly lent to LASC by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The speakers:

Ladio Veron, is chief of the Takuara community, leader of the ATY GUAÇU – general assembly of the Guarani-Kaiowa – and the spokesman of the Guarani-Kaiowa on this journey on European soil. He is a History professor, graduated from the Federal University of the Great Dourados, but he lives as a peasant in his community.

The Guarani are one of the first peoples met by the Europeans when they arrived to South America 500 years ago. There are currently around 51,000 Guarani living in Brazil, divided in three groups, of which the Guarani Kaiowa is the largest.

Guarani Kaiowa have been suffering threats and violence for many years. For fifty years they had been trying to recover a small piece of their ancestral land, after it was seized by a wealthy Brazilian and turned into a vast cattle ranch. Most of the forest that once covered the area had since been cleared. This was denounced by Marco Veron, Ladio’s father, in his visit to Ireland in 2000. In 2003, Marcos Veron was killed by a ranchers employees.


Bendan Tobin PhD.: 100 Years of Platitudes: Roger Casement, Resource Exploitation and Cultural Genocide in Amazonia

Brendan, who holds dual Irish and Peruvian Nationality, is an Irish trained barrister with over 25 years experience working as an environmental law and human rights lawyer in many parts of the world. He has worked closely with indigenous peoples at the community, national and international level, on issues of land, resource and cultural heritage rights. He holds a PhD in human rights from the National University of Ireland Galway for his work on the role of Indigenous peoples’ legal regimes in the protection off their human rights and has published widely on these issues including a monograph Indigenous Peoples, Customary Law and Human Rights – Why Living Law Matters? (Routledge 2014). He has worked for among others the Peruvian Environmental Law Society, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies and Griffith University /law School. He is currently working on a documentary on the continuing importance of Roger Casement’s humanitarian work and his 1912 report  for the descendants of the the survivors of the murderous regime of the Peruvian Amazon Company, which killed over 30,000 indigenous peoples during the rubber boom.

Lynda Sullivan is an Irish human rights activist living in Peru. She previously worked in campaigns and communications for various human rights organisations in Ireland. Through this work she became interested in community struggles against the extractive industry. While travelling in Latin America she visited numerous community struggles, including the struggle of the people of Cajamarca against the mega mining project Conga.  Sh is still supporting the struggle by writing articles in English and maintaining the campaign blog Based currently in Belfast, she has lived and worked in Peru for 4 years. She has a BSc in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds.

Johnny Gogan, from Love Leitrim: Love Leitrim was formed in late 2011 with the purpose of preserving and promoting the quality of life in this part of the world.
Currently the biggest threat to this way of life is UGEE (unconventional gas exploration and extraction); the process commonly known as fracking. The result of this has been a central effort by the group to do what they can to prevent this irresponsible development. See more information here, and click here to know more about the anti Fracking campaing in Ireland.

Colette Spears will chair the Conference. Colette is a former LASC coordinator and visited the Guarani-Kaiowa community where Ladio comes from.

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LAW Dublin Conference: Building generations of environmental defenders. Voices from Brazil, Peru and Ireland