Human Rights

WOMEN AND AUTONOMY – Hearts of Freedom and Justice

February 22nd saw the launch of the Women and Autonomy campaign by Frayba at Taniperla Restaurant in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The event was attended by women HR defenders from Frayba, women from the frontline communities in Chiapas, Schools for Chiapas and international solidarity workers. As part of their campaign, Frayba launched a new section on their website, which we translate for you here.

In our ongoing collaboration with Frayba, Schools for Chiapas is currently recruiting civil observer volunteers to work in communities under attack or threat, where women are often the main victims in these circumstances. If you are interested in volunteering through us, you can find out more on our website at https://schoolsforchiapas.org/become-a-human-rights-observer/

Chiapas Remains in Fourth Place For Disappearances of Children and Adolescents

The ongoing tragedy of disappearances in Mexico continues and does so in impunity. It is an omnipresent problem which also affects the state of Chiapas, where almost half of the disappeared are children or adolescents. From 2021 to 2022, 1,171 girls, boys and adolescents were reported disappeared in the state. Girls and adolescent women represent the most affected group and often end up in sexual slavery. It is a phenomenon that especially affects indigenous populations and is largely underreported or not reported at all.

Territories of Resistance and Healing

Women’s Movement in Defense of Mother Earth and Territory seeks a way to join efforts with other movements in the country and the world in defense of nature, the environment, peasants, indigenous peoples, and women who are the most affected by the violence of the capitalist system. The movement, driven by the strength and determination of indigenous and peasant women, has sought, since its inception, to transcend individual and local processes, heading towards the regional construction of the Movement to fight against all forms of violence against women and their families generated by the neo-liberal, patriarchal and neo-extractivist capitalist system — from the increase in poverty, migration and drug trafficking, to the dispossession of land by other groups, organized crime, or even sometimes by their own family members.

More journalists killed in Latin America and Caribbean than Ukraine in 2022

Although no country in Latin America is officially at war, it is the most dangerous place in the world to exercise the profession of reporting with some thirty journalists murdered in 2022. Topping the list was Mexico with a record 13 deaths, two fewer than Ukraine. This article by Guardian Latin American correspondent, Tom Phillips, examines the current situation and dangers facing reporters and journalists.

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