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The freedom of expression movement in Guatemala is once again in mourning due to the brutal murder of radio journalist Alvaro Alfredo Aceituno Lopez. Aceituno Lopez, age 64, was shot in the city of Coatepeque in southeastern Guatemala at 4pm on June 25, 2016. The shooting took place at the Callejon de la Radio, located in the San Antonio Colony, zone 1 of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, beside the Alvaro Arzu avenue.

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This morning, on June 28, 2016, the Director of Public Prosecutions discontinued the charges against the Santa Cruz 13. The Director also confirmed the state had “no intention to lay charges against the accused in the future.”

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The Iberá wetlands system in Argentina is one of the world’s largest freshwater bodies, but it is under threat. Vast monocrop pine and eucalyptus plantations have virtually eliminated biodiversity in more than half of the wetlands, devastating freshwater levels and dramatically affecting the livelihoods of the Guaraní Indigenous People who have lived in relationship with the lands for generations and depend on these ecosystems. Who's responsible? None other than Harvard University.

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Rural Women’s Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent

On March 4, 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released “General Recommendation No. 34 on the Rights of Rural Women.”

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Saving the Heart of our Cultures

Experts and supporters from around the globe were called to a special meeting at the United Nations in January 2016 to address the deep crisis faced by Indigenous language communities all around the world. The statistical measures of the language crisis are staggering. Scholarly calculations project 90 percent of the globe’s almost 6,800 languages are on a course to fall silent during the lifetime of the children that are now being born into the world.

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