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August 2018 Newsletter

Here's the latest updates from Trócaire for August. Our monthly newsletter features news and views from Trócaire staff, volunteers and supporters around the world. Plus the latest social and political developments from the countries where we work.

Trócaire launches Human Rights Defenders campaign

 Frank Mc Grath.

Protecting communities and the environment from human rights abuses by businesses.

Across the world, there are some businesses willing to make a profit at any cost. Through corruption, intimidation, violence and even murder, they take land and natural resources from local communities. They are responsible for serious human rights violations.

Our new campaign, Defend the Defenders, shares the stories of courageous people who risk their lives every day to defend human rights.

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Catholic church divests from Fossil Fuels
  Mark Stedman)

Historic move to divest the Irish Catholic church’s resources from all fossil fuels

Bishop Crean, Trócaire chair, has said that the announcement “whilst modest in terms of financial resources, is more than just symbolic.  It is about joining the growing social movement, led by young people across the world, calling for the realignment of our financial policies to safeguard their future."

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Zimbabwe Human Rights Defender visits Ireland

 Garry Walsh, Trócaire.

Jestina Mukoko was abducted and tortured under Mugabe's rule

Ten years ago Jestina was abducted by Mugabe’s agents in the middle of the night. She says “I was abducted, tortured and kept away from my family for weeks on end, and at the end of the day had to face trumped up charges”.

She arrives in Ireland as Zimbabwe is on the cusp of a new beginning. Mugabe has departed, and fresh elections have been held. Yet the elections have been disputed by the opposition, and marred by violence.

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Trócaire announces new CEO

Caoimhe De Barra

Caoimhe de Barra appointed as Chief Executive Officer

The 48-year-old Dublin native will take up the role in October to replace Éamonn Meehan who is retiring.

“I am hugely honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Trócaire" says Caoimhe. "Having worked for the organisation for 18 years I am passionate about its mission and values. Trócaire is deeply embedded in Irish culture and is an organisation people in Ireland are rightly proud of".

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In the news this month

Nicaragua : UN condemns Nicaragua government 'repression and torture'[BBC, 29th Aug]

Palestine : "We have twice had to rebuild our village on the West Bank - now our school is under threat" [The Journal, 19th Aug]

Yemen : World must act after horrific Yemen school bus attack [Trócaire, 10th Aug]

Uganda: Bobi Wine crisis: The president and the pop star [BBC, 25th Aug]

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