In this section, Real World Radio will follow the political and human rights situation in Paraguay with reference to the risk of institutional destabilization brought by the impeachment against Constitutional President, Fernando Lugo.
The Montevideo Meeting will take place on November 16-18 in this Uruguayan city, in the framework of the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, which gathers since 2015 the most representative social forces of the Americas. The Meeting was launched on Tuesday in Montevideo. See gallery
Social activist Fátima González, of the National Coordination of Rural and Indigenous Women Organizations of Paraguay (CONAMURI) denounced in Rosario, Argentina, that there are women who are imprisoned in her country for resisting and representing a “threat against the ruling Dictatorship”. Read more
Lawyer Luis Lezcano Claude, former minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay, currently member of the technical defense of the peasants convicted in the Curuguaty case, said that the interest of both the Prosecutor and the Tribunal is to preserve private property as an inviolable absolute right, when legally it is not considered this way. Read more
The consequences of the sentence against the Marina Kué peasants “are disastrous” and are based on “proven lies” by members of the Paraguayan judicial system, said Carlos Goncálvez, the person in charge of the alternative communication project Demoinfo.org in an interview with Real World Radio. Read more
The corrupt Paraguayan judicial system, the de facto powers of landowners and communication media “have made up a story which has resulted in a conviction without investigating absolutely nothing”. The defense attorneys of the peasants were not allowed to summon witnesses and evidence pointing to the State´s role in the events was ignored. Read more
The conviction of eleven Paraguayan peasants to sentences between 4 and 30 years in prison after a criminal process filled with irregularities, recognized by the judicial actors themselves, will mark a turning point in the struggle for land in this South American country, said Diana Rivarola to Real World Radio. Diana is member of Articulación Curuguaty, created in 2012 to join the peasants of Marina Cué charged with the “Curuguaty Massacre”. Read more
Last June 12 marked three years since the massacre of Paraguayan peasants who were occupying a piece of land in Marina kue, Curuguaty, and which resulted in the Coup d´Etat against Fernando Lugo´s administration, followed by the conservative restoration today led by President Horacio Cartes. Read more
Paraguayan leader Ruben Villalba, who has been imprisoned pending trial for over 28 months accused of being one of the people responsible for the Curuguaty massacre that took place in June, 2012, was sentenced last Friday, February 13, to seven years in prison by the Salto del Guaira Court, for an action he carried out to avoid eviction from occupied lands in 2008. Read more
“We are political prisoners, what they did and what they are doing to us is political persecution because nothing can justify our being in jail”, Ruben Villalba told Real World Radio. He and another 13 peasants were accused by prosecutor Jalil Rachid of the Curuguaty massacre on June 15, 2012. Read more
A violent eviction took place today, May 20th, in Guajayvi, San Pedro department, Paraguay, by public security forces, armed civilians and thugs hired by Brazilian soy producers. The action was carried out against 150 families established in the 15 de junio campsite for the past 8 years. Read more
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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