After 21 years with Rights Action, I continue to be moved by the courage, tenderness and tenacity of people across Guatemala and Honduras (in Mexico, and elsewhere in the Americas) who keep on working and struggling in their home communities, and nationally and globally, in defense of community well-being, the environment and human rights for all.
Rights Action June 2015 Newsletter. Matching Donor Until July 15th, an anonymous donor will match (up to $30,000), tax-deductible donations in the U.S. and Canada.
"New famine", cries out the Guatemalan newspaper headline (La Prensa, February 7, 2015), threatening the lives of 874,000 people in 206 regions of the country.
Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.
Four months after 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School were forcefully disappeared by Mexican authorities and organized crime drug gangs, the Mexican authorities are hoping to close the case. The Mexican federal prosecutor said that the version of the events in which the students were killed, incinerated in a dump, and their remains disposed of in a river is a "historical truth."