PBI-Colombia concerned by military intelligence files on the José Alvear lawyers’ collective

On May 3, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project tweeted, “We are concerned about the news in @RevistaSemana #CarpetasSecretas [secret folders] that members of our accompanied org @Ccajar have been subjects of military intelligence.” CCAJAR refers to the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective Corporation, a non-governmental organization with over 35 years’ Read more…

PBI-Colombia expresses concern about repeated threats against social leader Jani Silva

On April 24, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project published their latest Human Rights Update (January to April 2020). It notes: “On 9 April, several organizations accompanied by PBI Colombia and other national and international organizations (CEJIL and WOLA), filed a public complaint with President Iván Duque, the Attorney General [regarding Read more…

Canadian bank BMO supports human rights due diligence statement, but finances pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory

On April 21, the Investor Alliance for Human Rights released a statement that highlighted, “101 investors, representing over US$4.2 trillion in assets under management, believe that all business actors have a responsibility to respect human rights and that the process of continuously conducting human rights due diligence is a core Read more…

PBI-Guatemala notes Mayan lawyers’ article about unauthorized work at the Cantera Los Manantiales mine during the pandemic

On May 3, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted an article of concern on its Facebook page titled Mining harassment grows in Olopa Chiquimula, amid the Covid-19 health crisis. The article is from the Association of Mayan Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala website. They are “a community of professional Mayan Read more…

Colombian military has 200 cooperation agreements with corporations, including Toronto-based Frontera Energy

On May 3, the Comisión de Justicia y Paz (an organization accompanied by the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project) tweeted a July 2019 article about cooperation agreements between the Colombian military and energy-mining corporations. The article, titled Oil and mining companies finance the Public Force and the Prosecutor’s Office, notes that Read more…

Norway’s resolution on the protection of human rights defenders adopted by UN Human Rights Committee

In October 2019, Norway announced, “A year after the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, Norway will introduce a General Assembly resolution focusing on implementation. Protection as well as creating a safe and enabling environment is key for human rights defenders.” Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations Read more…