26th March: 6.00pm
Eyes on Extractives:
Protecting Land, Protecting Life
Front Line Defenders and Trócaire present a discussion centering on the impacts to the environment posed by the extractive industry, and the threats facing those human rights defenders in the struggle to protect our land at home and abroad.
Agnes Kharshiing, Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) Agnes Kharshiing is a women’s and land rights activist and social worker in Meghalaya, Northeast India. She is the President of the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO). The focus of her work is to assist women in trouble, rescue children trafficked for sexual exploitation and for child labour, and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples to their self-determination and environmental protection.
Gabriela Sorto, Woman Human Rights Defender, Guapinol Gabriela Sorto is an environmental rights defender from Guapinol, Honduras. In August 2018, the people of Guapinol began to organise protests to stop the activities of an iron oxide mine which threatened to contaminate the Guapinol and San Pedro Rivers, a vital source of freshwater for the community. The ‘Guapinol 8’ were detained on 1st September 2019 for peacefully protesting against the exploitation of their community’s natural resources by private business interests. Among them was Gabriela’s father, Porfirio Sorto Cedillo.
Fidelma O’Kane, Save Our Sperrins, Northern Ireland Fidelma O’Kane is secretary of Save Our Sperrins (SOS) in Northern Ireland. Save Our Sperrins is an environmental interest group based in the heart of the Sperrins in County Tyrone. They advocate for environmentally responsible planning in the public interest. Recently, members of the group have been subject to threats and intimidation in connection with protesting the activities of a Canadian goldmining project in the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Image: Two daughters of the imprisoned Guapinol human rights defenders, Liss Jireth Cedillo Zúniga (7) and Cristhel Alejandra Romero Portillo (6), holding their drawings in front of the Public Ministry in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The sign in the background says “Guapinol is resisting”. Photo: Giulia Vuillermoz/Trócaire