Join with Amnesty International to protect Lolita Chávez and other Indigenous women
Lolita Chávez is the Indigenous leader of the K’iche People’s Council (CPK), who work tirelessly to protect their traditional lands from mining, logging and hydroelectric interests. Lolita has been attacked and threatened for defending her people’s ancestral lands from logging in Guatemala, and now she fears for her life. In June, at least 10 armed men attacked Lolita and a number of other women, after they handed a potentially illegal logging truck over to the authorities.
These women have a right to protect their lands, and they must be able to carry out their peaceful work in safety and without fear. Indigenous women in Guatemala who speak out against powerful companies face enormous risks in the course of their work and significant challenges in seeking justice when their rights are violated.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.
By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.
Last year, seven Guatemalan environmental defenders facing charges for non-violent protests against hydroelectric projects were released from jail after global pressure. We can work together to call on Guatemala to implement protection measures for Lolita and other CPK members now.
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