CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Marcelo Sabuc, national co-ordinator of the Highlands Committee of Small-Farmers (CCDA in Spanish) in Guatemala, will give a presentation Saturday at 2 p.m. at UPEI’s MacDougall Hall, Room 328.
Sabuc is visiting the Maritimes from Nov. 4-11 to discuss the troubling situation for human rights defenders in his country, which has intensified in the midst of an escalating political crisis. The speaking tour is being organized by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS).
“We call on people at the national and international levels to engage in solidarity with the struggles of smallholder farmer and Indigenous communities [in Guatemala], so they’re not silenced or censured, but are able to continue the struggle to one day have their human rights and right to life respected, as all human beings require,” he said.
The CCDA, one of the leading Indigenous agrarian organizations in Guatemala, supports 30,000 Indigenous small farmers throughout the country in struggles for access to and defense of land and territory through advocacy, the production of coffee for export and the promotion of sustainable agriculture.