The murder of activist Miriam Rodríguez in Mexico highlights the dangers faced by mothers and families searching for their disappeared relatives

16 May 2017   |   Press Release
The Mexican government must guarantee protections for those who search for disappeared relatives and address the crisis of disappearances in the country On the night of May 10, which was Mother's Day in Mexico, Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights defender and the mother of a disappeared daughter, was shot to death... More

Hearing: Violation to information access in extractive industries

26 Apr 2017   |   News
Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), along with the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF), the Salvemos a Santo Domingo Movement, with the support of Centro Humboldt de Nicaragua;  Acción Ciudadana y Convergencia Social and of NGOs "Tezulutlán", with the support of communities organized in resistance and defence... More

Letter in support of the creation of a Canadian Extractive Sector Human Rights Ombudsperson

10 Mar 2017   |   News
DPLF sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, to express our support for the creation of an Extractive Sector Human Rights Ombudsperson. DPLF urged the Canadian government to ensure that the Ombudsperson’s office is independent and able to effectively investigate complaints of human rights violations by Canadian companie... More

New Publication: “Right to consultation and consent of the Indigenous, Quilombola, and Traditional Communities in Brazil”

03 Mar 2017   |   News
Brasilia and Washington D.C., March 3, 2017 The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) and the Network of Cooperation for the Amazon (RCA, for its name in Portuguese) today launched a report entitled “Right to consultation and consent of the Indigenous, Quilombola, and Traditional Communities in Brazil.” The right to free, prior, and in... More

Guatemalan Congress must address indigenous justice, judicial selection in Constitutional Reforms

15 Feb 2017   |   News
Today the Guatemalan Congress was scheduled to vote on a proposed set of Constitutional reforms, which seek to address a range of issues including the status of indigenous justice systems (pluralismo juridico) and high court selection processes. These proposed reforms are based on a months-long civil society dialogue, led by CICIG and the Attorney... More

El Salvador to establish a National Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons during the Armed Conflict

02 Feb 2017   |   News
In response to a long-standing call from civilian victims, on January 27 President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador announced that his government will create a National Commission for the search of disappeared persons during the armed conflict, which took place between 1980 and 1992.  This is an historic decision that brings... More

DPLF joins Delegation of Children of the Disappeared of the Salvadoran Civil War and U.S. Congressman James McGovern

19 Jan 2017   |   News
From January 26th to 28th the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) will join a delegation traveling to El Salvador that includes U.S. Congressman James McGovern, Salvadoran-Americans who are sons and daughters of persons disappeared during the armed conflict in El Salvador; representatives of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), religious... More

Environmental and human rights groups appeal to Guatemalan government to protect land defenders

14 Dec 2016   |   Press Release
December 14, 2016 For Immediate Release   A coalition of environmental and human rights groups sent a letter today to officials in Guatemala expressing deep concern over acts of intimidation and threats of violence against environment and human rights defenders, and in particular against members of a Guatemalan community group called the Co... More

Organizations Condemn the Murder of Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima from CALAS and Demand Justice from the Guatemalan Authorities

22 Nov 2016   |   Press Release
November 22, 2016 Jeremy Abraham Barrios was murdered on November 12th in Guatemala City by unidentified persons that shot him twice with a firearm. His belongings were left at the scene of the crime, which indicates that the aggressors’ motive was to intimidate the Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (Centro de Acción L... More

New report by JCAP suggests widespread violence is just part of doing business for many Canadian mining companies in Latin America

25 Oct 2016   |   Press Release
The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP), a legal aid group based at Osgoode Hall Law School, released this week a report entitled “The Canada Brand” which concludes that violence is generalized and widespread in the activities of Canadian mining projects in Latin America. The report discusses incidents (can we say... More