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This week, JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights are convening a gathering on ‘defending rights in hostile contexts," among activists, researchers, donors and local, regional and international organizations to deepen our collective understanding of the crackdown against activists and civic space – and how to confront it.
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A year on from the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Caceres, five Honduras leaders give six key lessons on carrying on the global fight.
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The skies wept as together we received the month of September in the town of La Esperanza, Honduras. Hundreds of visitors brought with them hearts that beat to the rhythms of their struggles, their love and the many colors of their dreams; they brought their cameras, drums, pens, and the united cry to demand once and for all: Justice for Berta!
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Check out this online campaign by Global Fund for Women, JASS, & MADRE, featuring stories of 14 women activists from around the world who defend and advance human rights.
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"We’re activists and we’re defending rights,” says Aimée Espérance Matungulu Nduwa. She and other activists in Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are determined to protect their community from the heavy mining industry that is tearing it apart. Although the women face threats from the mining companies when they protest, they refuse to give up.
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Extreme weather is displacing communities and putting emergency food aid at the center of women’s community organizing in the Philippines. After a severe 5-month drought, farmers and indigenous peoples led a peaceful protest to demand the long-promised food aid, but the police responded violently—leaving two farmers dead and many more including women injured or unlawfully arrested.
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JASS Mesoamerica’s Daysi Flores gives a personal account of the impact of Berta Cáceres’ death on her life and activism: “I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day before she was murdered. We were talking about a workshop we were doing together on collective healing and power. The last thing she said to me was, “Take care, compita.”
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For JASS, 2014 was a year of recognition, impact and going deeper in our movement-building strategies to support women and organizations leading social justice efforts. Our sustained efforts in equipping activists and networks at the community level generated global impact and opportunities for women’s voice, visibility and collective power on human rights. The report highlights some of the key moments that stood out.
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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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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have launched deportation raids of Central American families seeking refuge from extreme violence. We call for an immediate halt to the raids and urge the U.S. policy makers to review and reconsider U.S. policies toward Central America that have contributed to the conditions that force families to leave their homes.
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