Photo courtesy of Haydee Marin, Coordinator of the ISHR Latin American Committee

The Latin American Committee of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) includes sections in Colombia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with additional sections based in Cuba and in the United States. Our volunteer human rights defenders on the ground monitor and report on current human rights violations occurring in their countries and also carry out a wide range of projects. These include support for indigenous education and peace building in prisons, among others.
To learn more about specific issue areas and our work in the Americas, see the updates below.


Martha Sánchez González charged again on 19 January

Not a happy new year: In the new year, The ISHR looks to Cuba with concern. At least 138 political prisoners are currently imprisoned on the Caribbean island for peacefully campaigning for human rights and democratic change in their home country.

Cuba: Peaceful Strike ended with police brutality

After several days of hunger strike, all 14 activists of the "San Isidro Movement" were arrested by Cuban security forces. Shortly before the house was stormed, many online services in Havana and large parts of Cuba were interrupted. 

Peace Maker Program in Guatemala

Program conducted by Prison Fellowship and the International Society for Human Rights Guatemala. We hope that the Peace Maker program will prevent from violence in Guatemalan prisons. The program teaches people to negotiate peace through arbitration

The International Society for Human Rights in Guatemala

The ISHR-Guatemala fights social discrimination of Mayan children. They received a donation of 60,000 books from the Latin American Committee of ISHR- based in Miami to be distributed in rural schools in the poorest areas of Guatemala where most children are from the Maya ethnic group.

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