CIDSE, the international family of Catholic social justice organizations, and Iglesias y Minería, the ecumenical network of 70 grassroots organizations working on impacts of mining in Latin America, congratulate and welcome the recent publication of the Pastoral Exhortation of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean "Missionary Disciples Custodians of the Common Home, Discernment in light of Laudato si’," recognizing the valuable participatory effort in the elaboration of it.
The high level of violence against environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) is becoming a very worrisome phenomenon in Latin America. These kind of defenders, who operate, for example, in the context of the extraction of natural resources and megaprojects, are often left without any protection in the face of violations and abuses by states or private actors.
The EU-LAT network and CIDSE together made up of more than 57 European and international organizations, echoing the requests of COPINH and backed by representatives of the European Parliament, demand justice, remembrance and the guarantee of non-repetition for Berta Cáceres, as well as for the defense of human
rights in Honduras and throughout Latin America.
CIDSE Highlights No.34, January - February 2018
A conversation with Mirtha Vásquez, a lawyer with GRUFIDES in Cajamarca, Peru.
CIDSE submission to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights on the occasion of the debate on the report of the IGWG at the Human Rights Council’s 37th Session (Geneva, 8 March 2018).
After Montreal in 2016, the World Social Forum is back in Brazil where it was first held in 2001. This year, it will take place in Salvador de Bahia from 13 to 17 March under the slogan “To resist is to create, to resist is to transform!” in a difficult national political context. We are looking forward to this space where alternatives to the current economic system are explored fostering our engagement for system change.
The CIDSE photo exhibition "Inspire Change", is circulating among the Spanish universities of Castellón, Valencia, Murcia, Alicante and Cádiz (Spain). The exhibition captures 15 stories of people around the world who are taking action, caring for our planet and the people living in it.
CIDSE is holding its first Systemic Change Forum on 17-18 April, Leuven, Belgium
With the Lenten period starting, we are called to slow down and take some time to reflect, looking both inwards and at the community around us. In his message for the season, Pope Francis invited people to renew their enthusiasm for their faith and to revive the feelings of charity in their heart. Many of CIDSE’s members are running Lenten campaigns in their countries on hunger, peace, quality of living, transformation, solidarity, and they offer several opportunities to reflect and engage.