The Indigenous Leader Targeted for Protecting His People’s Land

submitted by Huzzaz on 11/23/21 1

"Why am I in jail? For denouncing what they are doing to the rivers, defending what little is left?” Bernardo Caal Xol, a Q'eqchi' Maya Indigenous Leader and Guatemalan human rights defender, has been unjustly imprisoned for alleged acts of violence against contractors of a hydroelectric plant in Guatemala. A crime he didn’t commit. Bernardo’s incarceration is representative of the wider problem of human rights abuses against Indigenous people across the Americas. They safeguard 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, but their safety is often at risk from big corporations looking to exploit natural resources. As of November 2021, Bernardo has been imprisoned for a total of three years and nine months. Bernardo’s case is featured in the 2021 edition of Write for Rights, Amnesty International’s annual global letter-writing campaign. You can join their campaign to demand Bernardo’s release here: www.amnesty.org/en/petition/guatemala-bernardo-caal-xol/?utm_source=Vice&utm_medium=Carousel+&utm_campaign=W4R Presented by #AmnestyInternational #W4R21 #sponsored Click here to subscribe to VICE: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE About VICE: The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don't even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed. Welcome to VICE. Connect with VICE: Check out our full video catalog: bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: vice.com More videos from the VICE network: www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/vice The VICE YouTube Network: VICE: www.youtube.com/VICE MUNCHIES: www.youtube.com/MUNCHIES VICE News: www.youtube.com/VICENews VICELAND: www.youtube.com/VICELANDTV Broadly: www.youtube.com/Broadly Noisey: www.youtube.com/Noisey Motherboard: www.youtube.com/MotherboardTV VICE Sports: www.youtube.com/NOC i-D: www.youtube.com/iDmagazine Waypoint: www.youtube.com/WaypointVICE

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