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Today We Celebrate Our Rights

Article 30 from the UN Declaration of Human rights states “No one can take away your rights.” Today, we will be celebrating International Human Rights Day and the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you know what the 30 articles of Human Rights are? Just in case you need a refresher, watch the video below directed by Ani Boghossian, in honor of International Human Rights Day.

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Our Right to Justice is at Risk: Sign by Friday!

What happens when every other recourse you have to seek justice in your own country fails you?
If you are in the Americas, you turn to the Inter-American System of Human Rights (IAS). The IAS is the last iachrnewhope for justice for millions of people in the Americas. But, now what has come to be the last resort for millions of victims in their quest for justice is under threat by a number of governments that are seeking to weaken the IAS. The human rights activists, victims of violence and victims’ advocates with whom we work in Latin America every day need us to declare our support for the IAS.  Otherwise, what other independent institution will be able to demand accountability in countries where justice fails?

Lend your voice by declaring your support for the Inter-American System of Human Rights!

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Still Dreaming, but with Hope

You might remember this year’s theme for National Days of Action for Colombia was everyone deserves a place to call home. With over 5 million people forcefully displaced as a result of Colombia’s internal conflict, victims of violence are now hoping that the Colombian government will make good on its promise to help them return home, restoring their lands through the Victims’ and Land Restitution Law.

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Our Cuba program is at stake

LAWG_CUBA_SUPPORT_thumbSince the 1990’s the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) has been a go-to source for all questions regarding Cuba policy here on Capitol Hill for our activists across the nation (without the political wonkiness, of course). We’ve provided opportunities for you to take action and make your voice heard above all the other talking points that overload the halls of our government. Now, you have the opportunity to support us so we can continue to move our Cuba policy forward.

Will you show us your support so we can continue to support you?

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Missed Mexico's Caravan for Peace? Watch D.C. Highlights.

We were proud to join with YOU and so many partners and allies in hosting Mexico’s Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity here in our nation’s capitol last month.  Highlights of their 3-day stop in Washington, D.C. included a TV-camera crowded press conference on the steps of a Capitol Hill church and a ‘lobby day’ where teams of victims and advocates deployed all over Capitol Hill to tell their stories to individual members and congressional aides. The historic visit ended with a moving vigil and march through Columbia Heights to a final event in Malcolm X Park, a dramatic poetry reading by the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose reaction to his son’s murder sparked the movement, and a stirring speech by the legendary farmworker union leader, Dolores Huerta. 

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What Does Peace Mean to You?

Working for human rights in Colombia is no easy task. But, recent news from that war-torn country gives us hope. Last month, the Colombian government announced peace talks with the FARC, Colombia’s largest guerilla group, to negotiate an end to the five-decades-old conflict.   As the peace process begins next week on October 17th, we want to know: what does peace in Colombia mean to you?

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International Day of Action for Asotrecol

About two weeks ago my co-worker Lisa sent you a message about how you can help protect workers' rights in Colombia. Today, Asotrecol (the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colombia) has declared an international day of action.

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