Global Witness ‘Defending Tomorrow’ report notes the criminalization of Wet’suwet’en land defenders in Canada

In January 2019, heavily-armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrested Wet’suwet’en land defenders opposed to the construction of a fracked gas pipeline on their unceded territories. Photo by Michael Toledano. The Global Witness Defending Tomorrow report documents the killings of 212 land and environmental defenders around the world in Read more…

Colombian court to hear challenge from Green Party and Indigenous parliamentarians against fracking pilot projects on August 20

(L-R) Katherine Miranda, César Ortiz Zorro, César Pachón. On July 29, BN Americas reported: “Colombia’s highest administrative tribunal is set to rule next month on whether oil and gas companies can proceed with fracking pilots.” The article adds: “[The Council of State] will convene a hearing on August 20 to Read more…

Where is the Canadian government on due diligence legislation and a Binding Treaty on transnational corporations?

The lack of a legal, enforceable framework to hold Canadian-based transnational corporations responsible for identifying, preventing and mitigating the human rights impacts of their business activities is an ongoing concern. Beyond guidelines and principles, there is a global call for binding national and international laws that would prevent human rights Read more…