“The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin American Today” – Adolfo Pérez Esquivel Speaking Tour

Argentina Solidarity Campaign supported by PeaceJam UK is delighted to announce that it is hosting a speaking tour of the UK for Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Beverly Keene, between 5th and 6th February 2018.

“The Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America Today”

Below is their public meetings schedule (open full description to see all dates). Further dates may be added (watch this space). Read the ticketing requirements carefully because they are different in each case:

1) London: Monday 5 February 2018, 6pm-8pm, Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street WC1E 7HU.

Free entry, open to all but limited places are limited so you MUST pre-register here to reserve your place:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-struggle-for-human-rights-in-latin-america-today-adolfo-perez-esquivel-tickets-41928477204

Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

2) London: Tuesday 6 February 2018, Kensington Aldridge Academy event for its schoolchildren.

3) London: Tuesday 6 February 2018, 12.30-2pm. Meeting for trade unions and NGOs and civil society organisations. Trade Union Congress, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Open to all representatives of unions, solidarity campaigns, NGOs and civil society organisations but limited spaces. To reserve your place please contact us on Facebook or argentinasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com

4) Oxford: Tuesday 6 February 2018, 5pm-7pm, Taylor Institution Library, St Giles’, University of Oxford OX1 3NA. Organised by the Subfaculty of Spanish of the University of Oxford and its Latin American Centre. Please contact us on Facebook or argentinasolidaritycampaign@gmail.com for details

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel is an artist, internationally-renowned human rights campaigner and promoter of non-violence. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his defence of human rights in his native Argentina and throughout Latin America.

Beverly Keene is Director of Jubileo Sur-Dialogo 2000, an NGO that campaigns against illegitimate external debts in Latin America & the Caribbean.

In his talks, Adolfo will reflect on the evolution and progress in the field of human and labour rights since the military dictatorships in much of Latin America ended thirty years ago, analyzing how these developed under subsequent democratization. He will also pose some of the urgent challenges being faced today as many of these gains are being rolled back in Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay, Colombia and Argentina and elsewhere.

For the last two decades the election of a wave of left-wing governments across Latin America achieved enormous social progress in terms of reducing poverty and unemployment, creating equality, increasing wages and consolidating labour rights. However ‘soft-coups’ in recent years in Honduras, Paraguay and most notably Brazil, as well as the return of the right via the ballot box in Argentina and Chile, threaten to roll back these changes and return the region to the dark days of 1990s neoliberalism which caused misery, poverty and unemployment for millions. Meanwhile, violence used against human rights activists, journalists and trade unionists in Colombia and Mexico continues, and Venezuela grows increasingly unstable.

Argentina, where Adolfo is from, will host the G20 Summit later this year and so Latin America will become the focus of global attention for unions, social movements, NGOs and grassroots organisations. In the run up to these events, which such organizations will be mobilising for, it is important that students and other academics who specialise in Latin America hear from experienced and internationally renowned campaigner voices from that country.

Please join us for this timely meeting, which is an incredibly rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s most eminent human rights campaigners speak in the UK.

ASC is run entirely by volunteers and we rely entirely on donations.
Entry to all events is free but we need YOUR kind support to help cover the costs of Adolfo and Beverly’s visit which you can make on the crowdfunder here.

Every donation helps, no matter how small:
https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/5760/argentina-solidarity-campaign

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