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Building Solidarity with Honduras: Peoples' Rights over Corporate Rights

Apr 7, 2014, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Prominent Honduran human rights activist Bertha Oliva, general coordinator of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained in Honduras (COFADEH), will be speaking in Toronto, Six Nations, Ottawa and Montreal the week of April 7 to 11.

COFADEH is a leading Honduran human rights organization that seeks justice for current human rights abuses and for “disappearances” by state security forces in the 1980s in addition to the training of local human rights activists.

Bertha Oliva has become an emblematic presence in Central American human rights movement and is one of the leading voices of resistance to state repression. Oliva will share first-hand accounts of deteriorating human rights in Honduras, militarization of the Central American country and its political crisis since the controversial November 2013 elections. She will report on the aggressive privatization and extraction of natural resources and how that contributes to social conflict, with an increase in violence and corruption reaching an all-time high, with 32 journalists murdered there since 2009. Oliva hope her solidarity tour in Canada will spark debate about the need to prioritize human rights and promote rights-based development, as opposed to considering trade as the only solution to the challenges facing people in the global south.


Location:Junior Common Room, 014 McLaughlin College
Sponsor:Office of the Master, McLaughlin College
Posted by:Lorraine Myrie
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