May 24, 2019
On Friday, May 24th, 2019, Nalacs and CEDLA, in collaboration with IUCN Europe and Milieudefensie, are organising the 9th edition of the ‘Dialogues with Civil Society’ series. This time we will focus on the challanges faced by land defenders in Latin America together with Juan Pablo Soler (Movimiento Ríos Vivos y del Movimiento Antirepresas de América Latina, Colombia) and Oscar Campanini (Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia, Bolivia). With a response by Elisabet Rasch (WUR).
THE CHALLENGES FACED BY LAND DEFENDERS IN LATIN AMERICA: CRIMINALIZATION, PERSECUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN BOLIVIA AND COLOMBIA
According to human rights organizations, Latin America is the most violent region for the defenders of the Earth. I recent years, around 60% of murders of land/nature defenders have occurred in this region. Defenders face not only the violence of organized crime and paramilitary groups, but also the repression, stigmatization and criminalization of governments, the security forces, state entities and companies. This Dialogue will address these issues in Colombia and Bolivia, two Andean countries facing similar challenges in the way violence is expressed on land/nature defenders.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Juan Pablo Soler is the national coordinator of the Movimiento Ríos Vivos y del Movimiento Antirepresas de América Latina, Colombia.
Oscar Campanini is the director of the Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB), Bolivia.
Elisabet Rasch is assistant professor in Anthropology of Development at Wageningen University.
Friday, May 24th, 2019, 15.30-17.00 hrs (with drink and bites from 17.00-18.00 hrs)
CEDLA: Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, Roeterstraat 33, Amsterdam, Lecture room 2.02 (second floor).
The language of the seminar will be in English with (live) translation in Spanish.
This event is free and open for all to join! Please register in advance at [email protected]