In memory of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola


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Information about the new term of our Latin American Spanish Course now available here.



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Workshop on Latin American Politics and Society


LASC Presents

Workshop on Latin American Politics and Society

The two day workshop will provide key knowledge in the area of Latin American Politics. Topics to be covered include; Debt Crisis, Neoliberalism, Leftist Politics, Development Issues, Indigenous Politics, Populism, social movements and income inequality.

Ireland is currently following a similar route that Latin America did after its debt crisis. The course will provide participants with fundamental knowledge of the case of Latin America in this regard and participants will be encouraged to think of parallels with Ireland, and/or other developing regions.

When: Saturday the 21st and 28th of March.

Where: International Education Academy, Dublin 1

Cost: €25 / €20 (LASC members)



We invite you to join us for an afternoon of cooking/language fusion. This is a great opportunity to practise your Spanish while learning how to cook some delicious, traditional dishes from Colombia and Paraguay.


When: On Saturday 07th of March from 11am to 1pm

Thursday 12th February: World Solidarity Day with Máxima Acuña

Thursday 12th February: World Solidarity Day with Máxima Acuña

Some of the worst environmental damage in the world happens in Latin America, usually courtesy of international mining and petroleum giants. Canadian and US companies are among the biggest offenders. The victims of this damage are usually the poorest of the poor and the indigenous people.


Man arrested in connection with the murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola

A breakthrough has been reached in the tragic case of Alberta 'Bety' Cariño Trujillo and Finnish human rights activist Jyri Jaakkola. Both were killed in an ambush on 27th April 2010 while participating in a humanitarian convoy bound for the indigenous community of San Juan Copala .

On 21st January 2015 Elias Cruz Merino, leader of the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULT) was arrested as one of their alleged killers. However, there are still ten more outstanding warrants to be made. Since last April the National Association of Democratic Lawyers reported that those responsible for these acts were fully identified, however the Mexican government has refused to implement the corresponding arrest warrants.

This is a first small step in the right direction but justice for these murders has not been reached yet.

LASC supports the struggle for justice led by the family of Bety' Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola and many other organisation.

Read more (in Spanish) here



Trade agreement with Colombia and Peru tests our commitment to human rights


"The recent review by the Government of our foreign policy, The Global Island, strongly reaffirms a central commitment to human rights. This is to be welcomed. Ireland has earned an enviable reputation as a defender of human rights. However, if these commitments are to be realised, they must stand the test of what we do in practice. The first significant test comes today as the Dáil debates ratification of the EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru".


Ireland - stand up for human rights in Colombia

This week, the Dáil will debate the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia (and Peru). Stand up for human rights and ask them to reject it!


Facebook page here

Sign the petition here

Our teacher of Spanish, Andrea on the Radio

Our Teacher Andrea Ruiz, was invited on January 7th to Latin radio to promote our Spanish classes.


To listen to the program, click here.


Do not forget to enroll to our Spanish and Portuguese classes.


Christmas party at LASC!


Christmas is around the corner, and we want to celebrate it with you! Come and join us for some drinks and cakes @ LASC office on Wednesday the 17th of December
from 2pm to 5pm

We'll take the opportunity to say goodbye to our colleague Dario, and to thank him for his excellent work as an intern at LASC during the past 6 months.

Newcomers welcome to join on the Wednesday afternoon

Please bring your own drink!

Hope to see you all here!

LASC staff and Committee members


Yum Yum Bolivia!


Join the food fest! Two days with screenings, talks, workshops, shows, and stalls related to food from the Andean region in Latin America.

Saturday from 12 to 14.30

Sunday from 11 to 17.00

The Dublin Food Coop, 12 Newmarket Square, D.8

Yum Yum Bolivia LASC's Project aims at shedding the light on the real value and contribution to improve global  and local livelihoods of Andean agro-biodiversity in the context of the current challenges, including food security, poverty reduction and climate change.

Hidden Voices Women dealing with the past in Central America and Northern Ireland

Date: Friday, 5 December 2014
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: National University of Ireland Head Office (49 Merrion Square, Dublin)

Presentations from:
Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey - a Guatemalan lawyer, academic and human rights defender/social activist and Attorney General in Guatemala (Dec 2010-May 2014)
Dr. Mo Hume - University of Glasgow, expert on gender and violence in Central America
Laura McMahon - barrister in Northern Ireland


The seminar will close with the launching of the following monograph: Hoewer, Melanie (2014) Crossing Boundaries during Peace and Conflict: Transforming Identity in Chiapas and in Northern Ireland, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

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