Monday, October 25, 2010

Carmen Mejia is at risk because she campaigns to protect human rights threatened by a mining company

http://www.amnesty.ca/atrisk/index.php/carmen-mejia/?utm_source=speakout&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AtRisk

Carmen's Story

Carmen Mejía is from a Mayan community in Guatemala. Her life is at risk because she is campaigning against impacts of mining on her community's human rights.

“You shouldn’t defend human rights, or you’ll be killed.”

Carmen received this warning several times in June. Carmen works for a development organization that represents members of Indigenous communities seeking to protect their right to water, land, housing, freedom of expression and cultural identity. She has spoken at public meetings about her concerns about the Marlin Mine, which is owned by a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Goldcorp.

In July, a month after Carmen received death threats, someone shot her fellow grassroots activist, Deodora Hernandez, in the eye at close range. At the time, Deodora was speaking out about the impact of a mine on her community's water supply. She was seriously wounded, but she survived. The attempt on Deodora’s life underscores how seriously we must take the threats made against Carmen Mejía.

TAKE ACTION: Please add your name to Amnesty's petition to the Guatemalan authorities calling on them to respect the rights of Carmen Mejía and other community activists seeking to protect their right to water, land, housing, freedom of expression and cultural identity. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

http://www.amnesty.ca/atrisk/index.php/carmen-mejia/?utm_source=speakout&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AtRisk#take-action