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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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It's about a lot more than just clean water

Amartya Sen famously said that famines do not occur in well-run, democratic countries. The same is almost always true for cholera epidemics. Not long after Haiti's earthquake in January, public health officials warned that poor sanitation and lack of…
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Urgent Action Still Needed on Safe Camp Sites for Those Made Homeless by Quake

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should make improving the quality and security of camps for displaced victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake a top priority, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the Council's member…