Pía Figueroa

Pía Figueroa

Co-Director of Pressenza, life-long humanist, author of several monographs and books.

06.10.2011

Brutality

Facing clear headed new generations of Chileans and secondary school and university students showing strong political wit after negotiations which were supposed to let the government ignore the strikers’ demands broke down yesterday, today Chile's militarized carabineros (police) anticipated the protests by carrying out the most brutal repression. »

15.08.2011

Chilean Students on Hunger Strike

When Mahatma Gandhi resorted to the use of hunger strikes as a tool of non-violent struggle, denying himself any form of food in order to demand freedom for his people in front of the British Empire which was colonising India, he was massively supported by the clamour of his people who knew – in the India of that day – what it was to suffer hunger. »

04.08.2011

Mario Aguilar, leader of the national Teachers’ Union, followed by police in the purest style of the Dictatorship years.

At around 8pm today Police officers followed the vehicle of Mario Aguilar, the leader of the national Teachers’ Union, who was just coming out of the head office of the Union after sheltering there, completely soaked due to the police repression that demonstrators for a non-profit, quality education suffered today. »

05.07.2011

Dunja Mijatovic ‘s speech

Here we are publishing the Opening Adress given by Dunja Mijatovic, from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as Representative on Freedom of the Media, on the occasion of the inaugurative plenary sesion of the 2011 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum held recently in Bonn, Germany, and focused on Human Rights. »

29.06.2011

One’s own death as a tool for struggle

Many are those who throughout history have not found a way out the conflicts imposed by the conditions of social injustice, and have resorted to self-immolation as a form of denunciation and struggle. With their own suicide they seek to awaken in others a sense of solidarity with the powerless, to open the way for the collective modification of the conditions of oppression »

20.06.2011

Human rights are completely emptied of meaning when they are used as an argument to justify the bombing of countries.

Speaking at the 4th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, this year focusing on the role of the media in the defense of human rights, Pia Figueroa, Director of Pressenza attacked multinational media corporation for their selective approach to defending human rights and spoke about the role of the media in attacks on human rights in Latin America. »

12.06.2011

Julia Bacha’s story

We present a short amazing video of a conference recently held by Julia Bacha regarding the stories that can change the so called "confirmation bias" (or previous believes) that we all have, and help us open our minds and have a new cognitive resonance or comprehension of a fact that usually we tend to look with some prejudice. Such is the case of non-violence in Palestine. »

31.05.2011

First International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro

Costa Rican production: The documentary URANIUM 238 - The Pentagon´s Dirty Pool, produced by Pablo Ortega, wins the prize for best short film category of the First International Uranium Film Festival which ended last Saturday night (28th of May 2011) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. URANIO 238 had also won an award as best documentary in Costa Rican Movie and Video Festival in 2009. »

27.05.2011

Gaddafi should go

Say leaders today at the G8 summit in France. They have issued a joint call - including the Russians, which have criticized Nato's campaign in Libya - for the embattled leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to step down and leave the government of the country. "He has lost all legitimacy and has failed to fulfill his responsibility to protect the Libyan population", they said. »

18.05.2011

Von Baer privatises quinoa

The privatisation of Chilean seed has become a scandal and paves the way for the arrival of genetically modified products. After the realisation that, as well as the North American company Monsanto, the patents for Chilean crops are in the hands of people linked to the government who will now benefit from the privatisation of seed, as in the case of Ena Von Baer’s father. »

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