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Niober Garcia Fournier
1 Noviembre 2017
Por Lorena Cotza

Niober había estado planeando y esperando este viaje desde hacía meses. Después de viajar durante un día y medio desde la provincia de Guantánamo, llegó al aeropuerto internacional de La Habana con bastante antelación. Pero justo antes del último control de seguridad, se le acercó un funcionario del Ministerio del Interior, le apartó discretamente y le dijo que no podía embarcar.

El funcionario no le dio ninguna explicación, pero Niober no se sorprendió: a situaciones como esta se enfrentan comunmente los/as defensores/as de derechos humanos en Cuba.

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Colombia Killings
11 Julio 2016

El anuncio del cese de fuego entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC-EP constituye un momento histórico que esperamos marque un punto de inflexión en la historia de Colombia, brinda al pueblo colombiano la oportunidad para tener un respiro de la violencia endémica sufrida en el pasado. La referencia directa a la protección de los/as defensores/as de derechos humanos (DDH) en el acuerdo de paz es otra de las razones para celebrar.

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Indigenous people protest, Brazil 2016
15 Junio 2016
Por Renata Oliveira, Former Front Line Defenders Research & Training Fellow for the Americas

At the end of April, my last activity with Front Line Defenders was to accompany Brazilian human rights defender and indigenous leader Tonico Benites to Brussels. Tonico had the chance to meet with several policymakers and diplomats to discuss the challenges faced by indigenous persons in Brazil, particularly his group, the Guarani-Kaiowás. As a Brazilian who comes from a state that has practically decimated its native population, I thought I already knew how bad the situation was.

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andrew Anderson and Andrea Rocca meeting Issa Amro in Hebron
9 Junio 2016

I returned last week from a visit to Palestine and Israel. Over six days my colleague and I met with brilliant, tenacious, creative and brave human rights defenders who work non-violently on behalf of others in the brutally occupied West Bank or in an increasingly hostile Israel. We were not allowed access to meet with beleaguered human rights defenders in Gaza.

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Dawit Isaak
27 Mayo 2016

Last week the government and people of Eritrea celebrated 25 years since independence. No one can deny the courage, resilience and sacrifice of those Eritreans who fought for the independence of their country, yet sadly this very fact prompts the question as to what exactly there is to celebrate 25 years on.

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Zainab Al Khawaja
24 Mayo 2016

Abdulhadi is two years old and is currently being held with his mother, Zainab Al-Khawaja, in Bahrain's Isa Town Women's Detention Centre. Zainab is one of the best known human rights defenders in Bahrain. She faces three years and one month in prison on several charges, including "destroying public property", for exercising her right to free expression by tearing up pictures of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

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Andrew Anderson Visiting Azimjan Askarov in Prison in Kyrgyzstan
17 Mayo 2016

When I visited Azimjan Askarov in prison in Bishkek in December 2010 there were some grounds for hope that he would be released. He had been sentenced in September 2010 to life in prison, but the process had been seriously flawed and the Kyrgyz human rights Ombudsman had found that the charges against him were politically motivated. When we met with Azimjan our main concern was that his health was improving following the torture he had been subjected to.

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Maxima Acuna de Chaupe farmstead at sunset
28 Abril 2016

Hacia fines de marzo visité a Máxima Acuña de Chaupe defensora del ambiente y del derecho a la tierra, en su hogar en la región de Cajamarca, Perú. La próxima novela gráfica que produciremos trata de defensores y defensoras del ambiente y el derecho a la tierra en riesgo, que cuestionan a las compañías extractivas. Máxima confronta con Newmont Mining (EE.UU.) y su contraparte peruana, Yanococha Maning, que están tratando de que se retire de su tierra para construir una enorme mina de oro, conocida como Conga.

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