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Statement in response to xenophobic attacks against migrants in South Africa

“A country that does not know its history cannot learn from its mistakes. The South African government’s continued failure to protect migrants from xenophobic attacks shows at best, a lack of

We denounce the criminalisation of human rights defenders and require guarantees for Claudia Samayoa and Jorge Martínez

ActionAid International is deeply concerned to hear the news that our colleague Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda, a well-known defender of human rights in Guatemala, may be tried for criminal offences.

Guatemalan president must reverse amnesty proposal for perpetrators of crimes against humanity

The Guatemalan government’s proposal is to grant a total amnesty for war criminals previously convicted for crimes against humanity during the armed conflict of the 1980s in the Central American

Villagers in Zambia win right to take legal action against mining giant Vedanta in the UK

After more than a decade fighting for compensation, villagers in Chingola have won the right to pursue justice against the mining conglomerate Vedanta in the English courts, after a landmark ruling by

Youth, Gender and Social Protection primers

Social protection is intended to enable young people to expand their choices and enjoy their right to self-determination. The existing frameworks for social protection need to be radically changed if

Time for a complete U-turn on natural resource management

Across the globe, we are witnessing unprecedented and often violent scrambles for natural resources. Environmental activists and land rights defenders are increasingly under attack. Few of these

Unsubstantiated charges against human rights defenders must be dropped

ActionAid Zimbabwe is calling for the unsubstantiated charges against seven human rights defenders arrested at Harare airport to be dropped.  

Criminalisation confronted

The historic victory of 26th April, when Abelino Chub Caal was acquitted of all the malicious charges brought against him, has highlighted the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights in Guatemala.
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Champions and change-makers

This compilation of case studies highlights the work of young people and civil society working with or supported by ActionAid.

A SLAPP in the face for accountability

Transnational corporations are growing in power. All over the world, this is often affecting the ability of citizens and governments to protect human rights.