Breaking the cycle of poverty means ensuring that people have a say in decisions that affect their own lives and have their basic rights respected and upheld. In countries where Trócaire works people are often excluded from decisions that affect them and their human rights are continually under threat or undermined.
Trócaire supports the work of documenting human rights violations and challenging those responsible, and empowering marginalised people, especially women, to participate in governance processes and demand accountability from their governments.
We have witnessed worsening violence against human rights defenders in recent years, particularly those working to defend land, indigenous rights and environmental rights. In 2016, 33 human rights defenders were murdered in Honduras and 12 in Guatemala alone.
We continue to support people who risk their lives to speak up for justice.