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June 2009

Statement by Feminist and Women's Organizations from Honduras

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

  TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND TO THE STATES OF THE WORLDOn Sunday, June 28, 2009 the democratically elected President of the Republic of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was assaulted, abducted and sent to...

MADRE Denounces the Military Coup d'Etat in Honduras

Posted on: Monday, June 29, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

A military coup on Sunday morning ousted the democratically-elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who is nearing the end of his term. He was forced from the country the day of a referendum on extending term-limits from one term to two....

Peru: Indigenous Victory is a Victory for All

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

This month saw an important victory by Indigenous Peoples in Peru. Thanks to their months-long protest, the Peruvian government repealed new laws that opened the Amazon rainforest to oil drilling. This was an important win for Indigenous rights—and for all...

Iranian Women at the Forefront of Protests

Posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Keywords: Iran, Middle East

We recently received a message from Roya Hakakian, an Iranian-American writer and journalist.  Given all that has been going on in Iran in the past weeks, we wanted to share her words with you.

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World Refugee Day 2009

Posted on: Monday, June 22, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Sudan, Refugees, Peace Building

World Refugee Day was this week, so we wanted to share a few quick snapshots of the experiences and living conditions of both refugees and internally displaced people in some of the places in which we work. For years, MADRE’s...

Peru's Congress Overturns Two Decrees that Led to Police Violence

Posted on: Friday, June 19, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

(Updated from original posting June 17, 2009) Six days after the Peruvian National Police attacked and killed Indigenous protestors, the Peruvian government issued a 90-day suspension of two of the ten decrees which had opened Indigenous lands to multi-national corporations...

What's Wrong with the Peru Free Trade Agreement?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, US Foreign Policy

From the Campaign to Repeal the Peru Free Trade Agreement The Peru Free Trade Agreement will:THREATEN SMALL FARMERS. The agreement will favor only a small sector of Peruvian farmers who export to the US. By lowering Peru's tariffs on agricultural products,...

As Peruvian Indigenous Leader Seeks Asylum, Indigenous Voices Must Be Heard

Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Indigenous Rights

As protests by Indigenous Peoples continue in Peru, Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango this week took refuge at the Nicaraguan embassy in Lima.  The Peruvian government has sought his arrest, charging him with sedition for leading these protests.   Today,...

An Open Letter from the Continental Network of Indigenous Women

Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights

From CHIRAPAQ, MADRE's sister organization in Peru Translation from the original Spanish.  Continental Network of Indigenous WomenSouth American RegionTo the International Public Lima, June 9, 2009 Call for the Presence and Urgent Mediation from the United Nations in order to Stop the...

MADRE Denounces Peruvian Police Crackdown on Indigenous Protesters

Posted on: Monday, June 8, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Indigenous Rights

Early Friday June 5, as hundreds of Indigenous protesters blocked a highway in the northern province of Bagua, a police force of some 600 opened fire into the crowd, killing 25 and injuring more than 150.  In subsequent clashes over...

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Posted on: Saturday, June 6, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

Yanar Mohammed, president of MADRE partner Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq  June 6, 2009  Thank you, Hillary, for submitting to our patriarchs. In a visit to Egypt which was meant to be a landmark in US-Arab relations, Hillary Clinton chose to...

Obama's Double Standard Undermines Prospects for Middle East Peace

Posted on: Thursday, June 4, 2009

Keywords: Palestine

When I was in Israel recently, my family’s Passover seder ended in a raging argument about whether Hamas should be part of any Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The battle-lines were purely generational. Everyone under the age of 40 was adamant that...

Remembering Dr. Tiller by Supporting Reproductive Rights

Posted on: Monday, June 1, 2009

Keywords: Women's Health, Reproductive Rights

All of us at MADRE join our members and the many organizations and individuals around the country who have expressed their sadness and anger at the killing of Dr. George Tiller.We have lost a passionate champion of women's human rights--and...

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