We have been campaigning several years for the release of the ten “climate change prisoners” in Gilgit-Baltestan (north of Pakistan), the most prominent of them being Baba Jan. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, together with Shakrullah Baig, Iftikhar Hussain, Mahar Ali, Alleem Ullah, Irfan Ali, Rashid Minhas, Musa Baig, Sher Khan and Sher Ali.
These elections show that something has already changed. The historic defeat of the People’s Party is a forceful challenge to the policies of attack on rights, on democracy, a real slap in the face to the policies that have led to the working social majority into a situation of continuing impoverishment while the elites are enriched. It is only natural because the electorate is composed mostly of people that work every day to generate wealth and have suffered from the crisis. There is a fundamental advance in these elections: the consolidation of political tools such as the candidacies of Popular Unity and Podemos, through which the people have been able to express themselves. The popular mandate is clear: throw the PP out of all institutions without allowing the PSOE to provide a superficial replacement.
Farmers and labor unions marched in the southern Peruvian district of Cocachacra on Saturday May 16 to continue the ongoing fight to shut down Tía María, a controversial mining project from the transnational U.S.-Mexican company Southern Copper.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a bill into law recognising civil unions between same-sex couples on April 13. Another piece of legislation on gay marriage is currently debated between representatives of the LGBT movement and various ministers.