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This Monday: Defending rights defenders

This is the name of an evening of talks around the theme of supporting human and environmental rights defenders in Central America.



With guests from Peace Brigades International and the Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras (Ofraneh), and with live music from the Pengenista samba-reggae drum band, the event is organized by the Environmental Network for Central America (ENCA). All aboard a boat over looking the London Eye.

In the northern triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) life for human rights, land rights and environmental rights defenders is dangerous.

Research by Global Witness reveals that since the 2009 military coup d’état in Honduras, 123 land and environmental activists have been murdered in that country with countless others threatened, attacked or imprisoned.

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The situation for rights defenders in El Salvador and Guatemala can hardly be described as any better than for Hondurans.

“Defending Rights Defenders” is a chance to explore, through short talks and case studies, ways in which people can better support rights defenders across Latin America.

This free event will feature short presentations from Martin Mowforth, author of  “The violence of development”, Emily Spence of Peace Brigades International and Madeline Fernández, a leading member of the Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras, Ofraneh).

Madeline has faced criminalisation for human rights work which involves protecting and defending ancestral territories of the Garífuna people in Honduras. And the event will also be joined by Aurelia Martina Arzu Rochez, vice-coordinator and spiritual guide of Ofraneh.

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The talks, which will be chaired by Doug Specht from Voz, will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion, and later by music from the Pengenista samba-reggae drum band and the opportunity to continue discussions over a drink.

Date: Monday 25 September, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm and Place: Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR London, United Kingdom. More information here.

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