• 24/11/17 Environment and consultation in the Brazilian democratic developmental State

    Kathryn Hochstetler, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Large infrastructure projects present familiar dilemmas, as possible national-level economic benefits clash with very concrete local social and environmental costs. This presentation will focus on the more subtle challenges of siting the smaller projects of wind and solar power. They raise potential “green vs green” conflicts, where projects with global and national climate and economic benefits may still present important local harms. Hochstetler will examine how such tradeoffs have appeared in practice in Brazil and how Brazilians have responded in both their national planning and project-level debates, with some comparative data from South Africa (further background on the broader electricity sector can be found in: Hochstetler, Kathryn and J Ricardo Tranjan (2016) Environment and Consultation in the Brazilian Democratic Developmental State, Comparative Politics 48(4): 497-516).

    TIME: 15:30h
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam (on the 2nd floor)

  • 04/12/17 Discussion Meeting: The Defense of Garífuna Cultural and Environmental Rights in Honduras

    PBI the Netherlands and CEDLA cordially invite you to the Discussion Meeting: The Defense of Garífuna Cultural and Environmental Rights in Honduras. This Discussion Meeting features the Honduran Human Rights Defender Aurelia Arzú. Aurelia is a leading member of the Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (OFRANEH) – she works protecting and defending ancestral territories of the Garífuna people in Honduras. Aurelia will discuss the challenges that Honduran afro-indigenous communities face in mitigating the effects of climate change and defending their land rights.

    Entrance: free
    Language: Spanish

    WHEN: 4 December between 16.00 and 17.00
    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam (on the 2nd floor)

    There is limited space available. You can sign up by sending an email to: honduras@peacebrigades.nl

  • 12/12/17 Screening Documentary ‘Burden of Peace’

    The Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) and the Faculty of Law of the UvA are organizing a screening of the documentary ‘Burden of Peace’. This documentary tells the impressive story of Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala. The country that has been ravaged for years by a devastating civil war, in which nearly 200,000 Mayan Indians were systematically massacred, is today one of the most violent countries in the world. Claudia starts a frontal attack against corruption, drug gangs and impunity and does what everyone had held to be impossible up until then: she arrests former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide. His conviction becomes the first conviction for genocide in a national court in the world history.

    Directly after the movie, there will be a Q&A with director Sander Wirken moderated by Dr. Barbara Hogenboom (CEDLA).

    Date: 12 December
    Time: 17.00 – 19.00 hours
    Venue: CREA
    Entrance: Students and alumni for free, others 5 euro