The Synod on the Amazon

A synod is a meeting of representatives of Church communities to discuss issues of doctrine or Church governance.  So far, for most people, so boring.  But when, in February 2019, General Augusto Heleno, President Jair Bolsonaro’s senior security adviser, described October’s Catholic Church synod on the Amazon as ‘relevant to Brazil’s national security’ and having a ‘left-wing agenda’, he was...
By: Rodrigo Acuña. Source: LAB The recent announcement by Iván Márquez – the second highest commander of the original Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – that sections of South America’s largest demobilised guerrilla movement are returning to war, should come as little surprise to some observers of Latin America. In a recent...
The vast expansion of British mega-mining in Latin America is displacing communities, destroying ecosystems, costing lives and polluting our planet. The Rivers are Bleeding: British Mining in Latin America documents 56 UK-mining operations – 32 of which have ongoing conflicts –to produce a damming indictment of one of the world’s most powerful industries. Mining conflicts are fuelled...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, 31 July 2019 Migration and Displacement at crisis point In addition to our website, LAB’s Facebook page provides a daily stream of summaries and links to articles published elsewhere. In this and future newsletters we will mention some of these, with the...
This article was prepared for Christian Aid by Nathalie Mercier (Guatemala), Maria Useche (Colombia), Tania Grande (El Salvador) and Javier SanVicente (Honduras) Main image: migrant child detained at the US border. Source: Guardian podcast: 'What is happening to migrant children at the US border'
The Americas were shaped by migration, mostly from Europe. Now Asians and Africans are arriving, and there is desperate intra-continental movement in search of work. But the old welcomes are wearing out. This article was written for the 'Outside In' blog of Le Monde Diplomatique by Gustavo Fuchs and is reproduced...
2 July 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend Threats multiply - to women, diversity and the environment Somos Guerreras is a collective of seasoned artists comprised of rappers Rebeca Lane (Guatemala), Nakury (Costa Rica) and Audry Funk (Mexico). They are visiting London for the first time in early July, and will appear at the Festival of Latin American Women in...
COMMUNIQUÉ: COLOMBIA’S PEACE PROCESS AT RISK International civil society organizations make clear their grave concerns for the serious humanitarian and civil rights crisis in Colombia, which threatens the sustainability of the peace process. Bogota, 30 May 2019. (Translated from the Spanish by LAB) The undersigned international civil society organizations, in accordance with our mandates, have been engaged for over 40...
Three years ago, the Colombian government and its armed opponents of fifty years signed a peace agreement that offered a framework for ending violent conflict and starting to build peace. While the peace agreement was in its final stages of negotiation, Christian Aid’s Research, Evidence and Learning team was beginning to design Ten Years, a...
The relationship between the natural environment and the armed conflict in Colombia is deeply interwoven and complex, and the issue of governance is at the root of the environmental challenges Colombia faces. Exploitation of the country’s natural resources sustained the operations of armed groups, while acts of sabotage to oil and mining operations were used to...
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