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Visit of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Beverly Keene: "The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America Today"
The Argentina Solidarity Campaign, supported by PeaceJam UK, is delighted to confirm the UK speaking tour of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Beverly Keene on 5-7 February 2017.
The tour will include the following events:
- Monday 5 February 2018, 6pm-8pm, London: Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Free entry, open to all but you MUST pre-register here to reserve your place
- Tuesday 6 February 2018, London: Kensington Aldridge Academy event for its schoolchildren
- London: Tuesday 6 February 2018, 12.30-2pm. Meeting for trade unions and NGOs and civil society organisations. Trade Union Congress, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Open to all representatives of unions, solidarity campaigns, NGOs and civil society organisations but limited spaces. To reserve your place please contact us on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesday 6 February 2018, 5pm-7pm, Taylor Institution Library, St Giles', University of Oxford OX1 3NA. Please contact us on Facebook or email@example.com for details.
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel is an artist, an internationally-renowned human rights leader from Argentina and the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner. In 1974, he co-founded the Servicio Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice Foundation), an NGO committed to non-violent struggle and to defending the rights of political prisoners and marginalised social groups. He also contributed to the foundation of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and the Ecumenical Movement for Human Rights, and is a long-standing friend of the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. For his activism, he was detained by the military police during the Brazilian dictatorship in 1975, and arrested alongside various Latin American socially-oriented Christians in Ecuador in 1976. In 1977, under Argentina’s last and most brutal dictatorship, he was detained, tortured and held without trial for 14 months. Over the years he has remained torch-bearer for struggles against human rights violations, environmental degradation and neoliberal austerity in Argentina and around the world.
Beverly Keene is the Director of Jubileo Sur-Dialogo 2000, an NGO that campaigns against illegitimate external debts in less powerful countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a leading campaigner on illegitimate debt, trade, economic justice and improvements in human and labour rights both in Argentina and across Latin America.
Why this Tour is Important
The human rights situation throughout Latin America has seriously deteriorated in recent months: the resurgence of the political right, neoliberal austerity and violent state repression across Latin America, the events will shine an important light on a worrying time in the continent. In Argentina, political prisoners, such as the elected member of Parlasur, Milagro Sala, have been kept in detention against the protestations of the UN and human rights organisations, the Macri government has undertaken a renewed attack on indigenous peoples and protesters over the WTO Summit and pensions cuts were brutally repressed in December. In Colombia, trade unionists and rural social movement leaders continue to be murdered at an appalling rate. Journalists and media workers are frequently made to disappear or murdered in Mexico. In addition, “soft coups” in Brazil and Paraguay have subverted democratic processes in recent years in order to force through austerity programmes. And as recently as November, the general election in Honduras has been subjected to manipulation, provoking widespread protests and calls for a rerun. Adolfo will reflect on the challenges facing Latin America today and the hopes for the future. He will also offer his views on the evolution and progress in the field of human rights since the military dictatorships in much of the region ended thirty years ago, analysing how these developed under subsequent democratisation.
Please join us for one of these very timely meetings, an unmissable opportunity to hear the perspectives of experienced, perceptive and courageous campaigners.
The Argentina Solidarity Campaign is made up of volunteers and requires donations in order to pay for the costs of the tour which includes accommodation and transport for Adolfo and Beverly. We therefore ask supporters to donate what they can towards this. In the unlikely event that the trip gets cancelled for any reason, funds will be used towards the Argentina Solidarity Campaign's future activities unless you write to us requesting a refund.
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If you would like to support this event, we ask that people please donate what they are able. You can also get involved in the Campaign by attending our monthly assemblies and help to organise further activities.
The Argentina Solidarity Campaign is a UK-based collective formed in 2016 by people from Argentina, the UK and other countries, which supports social movement, labour and human rights struggles and opposes neoliberalism and extractivism in Argentina. Our activities have included supporting the Ni Una Menos movement, challenging the illegitimate international debt that has crippled Argentina, demonstrating against the Macri government’s attack on worker rights, opposing the violent oppression of the Mapuche and campaigning for truth and justice for Santiago Maldonado and Rafael Nahuel.
9 Jan 2018
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