This year’s World Water Day, the 22nd of March, saw many Human Rights Defenders in action for the protection of water in their area. Below a short overview of the actions Peace Brigades International accompanied on this day.
Guapinol River defenders in Honduras
Guapinol Resiste tweeted: “For standing up to protect the water, 8 defenders were illegally detained for 914 days. We recognize your sacrifice and that of your families & community. We promise to continue fighting for a Tocoa without mining because #AguaEsVida [water is life]. #GuapinolResiste #DiaMundialdelAgua2022 [World Water Day 2022].”
PBI has been accompanying these defenders for several years now. Read more about them here.
CREDHOS in Colombia
PBI Colombia recognizes the work of CREDHOS Paz with relation to the protection of the Magdalena River.
CREDHOS tweeted: “#35AñosDefendiendoLaVida [35 years of defending life] Today we continue to defend life and water as our most important wealth, in it lies the sustenance of peasants, fishermen and the inhabitants of Magdalena Medio. #RíoMagdalenaVíctimaDeLaGuerra [Magdalena River victim of the war] #RíoMagdalenaSujetoDeDerechos [Magdalena River has rights].”
Defenders in Mexico
PBI Mexico raised awareness for the necessity of the protection of the rights of the defenders regarding water issues. PBI tweeted to raise awareness for the protection of communities and Human Rights Defenders who work with the protection of water and thus, life.