Holistic support for land & environmental human rights defenders in Guatemala
PRINCIPAL MEMBER: TRÓCAIRE
The number of land and environmental defenders (HRDs) criminalised has increased in recent years, particularly in Latin America. Trócaire’s efforts in the past have focused on legal strategies aiming to free those HRDs in pre-trial detention. With time, Trócaire has learnt that support to HRDs needs to be holistic (including logistical, economic, medical and psycho-social support) and that legal, policy, advocacy, campaigning and communication strategies must be complementary. To avoid the individualistic “hero narrative,” Trócaire, in addition to freeing the HRDs also works with the communities to secure their land and resource rights.
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