JASS Mesoamerica

Read the demands compiled and shared by the Cáceres Family and COPINH. There has been "total secrecy that surrounds the investigation of her assassination and the attempts to criminalize members of COPINH and other human rights defenders..."
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JASS joins over 200 other organizations to "urge a response from the State Department that is not business as usual but a profound change of direction towards improving the abysmal situation of human rights in Honduras."
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We are deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Honduran activist—our sister and friend—Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of COPINH. Read JASS' official statement.
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JASS joins other human rights organizations in condemning the coordinated campaign gaining greater coverage in the Mexican media against the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI, by its acronym in Spanish) which is providing crucial technical assistance in the investigation of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa.
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We're living in an undeclared war, staring into the eyes of death daily. People who don’t know the kind of insecurity women human rights defenders confront every day can’t imagine how hope helps us to survive. The women of Honduras want others to know that we are building a more peaceful and just world every day, and they can join us.
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Guatemalan citizens did what many saw as, “the impossible.” Led by university students adept at social media, they mobilized a unified demand for justice that hadn’t been seen in the country in decades—bringing together all Guatemalan voices, including urban middle class, women and indigenous and rural peoples.
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This report recognizes the tireless efforts of women activists, who, in the face of discrimination and violence, continue to defend the rights they have won, broadening and deepening democracy and “buen vivir” (living well) throughout the region.
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Join JASS and our allies in New York and Geneva this month: on Sept. 24, event on the Honduras Platform on the UPR, Sept. 27, parallel event to the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and on Sept. 29, side event on Mexico at the UN Human Rights Council. Follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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Carme Clavel Arcas is a renowned Central American feminist born in Barcelona (Catalonia). In Nicaragua, the country where she currently resides, she helped form the Women's Network Against Violence and Health Network, and she is co-founder of the Center SI Mujer. She worked for the IXCHEN Centers for Women and for the Womens' Secretariat of the Association of Rural Workers (ATC). She was on the Board of Calala, the Women’s Fund of the Spanish government, which she co-founded in 2009, and has been president of the Board of the Central American Fund for Women (FCAM) since 2012. 
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On 22 February 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by agents of the Federal Attorney General's office. Her arrest demonstrates the kinds of risk that a woman human rights defender may face but the outcome is proof that you can defend your community’s rights successfully.
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