Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada supports PBI tour with Colombian human rights defenders
Peace Brigades International works with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), “a committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law by providing support internationally to human rights defenders in danger.”
Their October-November newsletter notes, “LRWC supported and facilitated public events and meetings with lawyers in Toronto, Vancouver and Duncan as part of Peace Brigades Canada (PBI) tour of Canada by Colombian human rights lawyer Julia Figueroa and journalist Andrea Nocove of the women’s lawyers collective Colectivo de Abogadas Luis Carlos Perez (CCALCP), and Iván Madero of the regional human rights organization Corporación Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CREDHOS).”
“In Toronto, delegates met with Ontario lawyers.”
“On 6 November there was a well-attended public forum at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, featuring talks by the three Colombians about the deteriorating human rights situation in Colombia and the lack of adequate protection for human rights defenders. This event was co-sponsored by the SFU Institute for the Humanities, LRWC, Mining Watch Canada, Amnesty International and PBI.”
“On 7 November delegates met in Vancouver a group of interested lawyers to discuss critical human and environmental rights issues in Colombia and possible roles for Canadian lawyers—to advocate for defenders in danger and to take cases to Canadian courts.”
And it notes, “On Nov 9 delegates met in Duncan with the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (HTG) to discuss indigenous land rights and the HTG’s petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.”
For more on Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, please visit their website.