The CETIM defends victims of human rights violations in the Global South. It supports their representatives in gaining access to and obtaining the intervention of the United Nations protection mechanisms, where required.
Several mechanisms can be activated at the United Nations to get concrete improvements on the ground, in particular the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs and the committees that monitor the implementation of the human rights treaties.
The CETIM mainly works with peasant organizations, trade unions and organizations representing victims or communities affected by TNCs operations, in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Madagascar, Nigeria and the Philippines, among other places.
The recognition of the right to land, a historic demand by peasant movements, is gaining momentum at the international level. This publication takes stock of this major issue of our times. It is the result of major research and inquiry, and the fruit of close collaboration with La Vía Campesina.
This newsletter reviews the recent initiatives in September at the UN to oppose "vulture funds" as well as the presence in November in Geneva of La Vía Campesina leaders to support the Declaration on the rights of peasants during the informal consultations organized in the Palais des Nations. You will also find in this bulletin […]
In a joint written communication dated April 7th 2014, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, asked Guatemala to explain the crackdown against the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA). This was revealed during the […]
The property and the distribution of the land have always been major stumbling blocks in Guatemala. They have been the source of many violent conflicts and they have structured the social and ethnical power relations and determined the economic and class stratification in the country. This is consequently reflected in the situation of indigenous daily farm workers, which make up 69% of this agricultural workforce, and of which 74.8% live in poverty. Their working conditions sometimes resemble slavery: the working contracts are oral, days count between 9 and 12 working hours and usually there is little or no right to holidays or weekly rest days. Social security is non existent and death threats are reported for workers who organize themselves in trade unions. The state of Guatemala should take measures to comply with its obligations under the terms of numerous international conventions.
I. History of a genocide and of an ecocide1 When, in 1492, Columbus landed on the island he named La Española (Haiti and Santo Domingo), he found a veritable orchard populated by a large indigenous population living in peace. The deforestation of the island to make room for crops of the conquerors and physically eliminating […]