[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Government imposes state of siege in El Estor after repressing peaceful protest against illegal mining operation.
On Sunday October 24th, after two days of brutal repression by the National Civilian Police (PNC, Spanish initials) and Army against the Q’eqchi’ people peacefully opposing the illegal operation of the Swiss–Russian Solway Mining Company, the Guatemalan government decreed a state of siege in the town of El Estor, Izabal. That same Sunday, the police […]
[Urgent Alert] AFGHANISTAN / In light of the Taliban offensive and humanitarian crisis brought on by NATO, it is crucial to support Afghan women activists and their organizations in order to guarantee their security and ongoing struggle for the rights of women and girls.
Afghan women defenders and activists, along with women, girls, and dissident persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are in an extremely high risk situation since the assumption of power by the Taliban, or the self-designated Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. This is happening upon the withdrawal of the United States and its allies in […]
[Urgent Alert] GUATEMALA / Judge orders trial to begin on November 8, 2021, for María Cuc Choc, criminalized since 2018 for defense of the land
Last Tuesday, August 3rd, after an evidentiary hearing, the judge of the First instance Criminal, Drug and Environmental Court in Izabal decreed the beginning of the trial, next November 8th, of defender María Magadalena Cuc Choc, who has been facing criminalization for defending the land since 2018. On January 18, 2018, María Cuc Choc was […]
[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / State conceals information and isolates women political prisoners recently arrested by National Police.
As we of IM-Defensoras denounced during the month of June and the first week of July, the Nicaraguan government has arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned a group of women human rights defenders, feminist activists, and women political leaders, as well as other government critics and candidates running in the upcoming presidential elections. These illegal arrests have […]
After five years awaiting justice in the assassination of our sister Berta Cáceres Flores, today July 5th, 2021, we are celebrating in the streets, on social media, in the courts and in our communities. Thanks to the tireless struggle of Berta’s family and COPINH, one of the co-authors of this atrocious assassination will finally have […]