Concerns grow about police raid at 1492 Land Back Lane following court hearing in which Haudenosaunee land defender was muted

“We never brought guns to anybody’s front door, they brought them to us.”: Haudenosaunee land defender Skyler Williams yesterday evening in this video by One Dish One Mic. There are growing concerns about an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raid against the 1492 Land Back Lane camp on Six Nations territory Read more…

“Governments are not doing enough to protect human rights defenders”: Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur

In this exclusive interview with Mongabay Latam, Mary Lawlor, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, highlights the reality and dangers faced by human rights defenders including in Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. Key excerpts from that interview include Lawlor noting: “The situation in Latin America Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies the CSPP in Bogota and CIJP in Putumayo during the October 21 national strike

Photo: The PBI-Colombia accompaniment of members from the Perla Amazónica Peasant Reserve Zone at the national strike action in Puerto Asis, Putumayo. On October 21, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project tweeted: “Human rights defenders from the La Perla Amazónica Peasant Reserve Zone (ZRCPA), accompanied by the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Read more…

$13.1 million for RCMP actions against Wet’suwet’en land defenders is “a tremendous waste of money”: Hereditary Chief Na’moks

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’moks says it is “a tremendous waste of money.” According to documents obtained by CBC News reporter Chantelle Bellrichard, $13.1 million of public funds have been spent on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) presence on Wet’suwet’en territory to facilitate the construction of the Coastal GasLink fracked Read more…

Concerns expressed about systemic racism in the response of Canadian police to Indigenous land defenders and settler violence

Contrasting images: Photo by Michael Toledano during the militarized RCMP raid against Wet’suwet’en land defenders in January 2019. Photo by Eric Woolliscroft/CBC of the RCMP in Nova Scotia last week. Contrasts are being drawn on social media between how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) respond to Indigenous land and Read more…

Lobster pound used by Mi’kmaw destroyed by fire, Mi’kmaq Warrior Peacekeepers now present as protection

Twitter photo by Pierette d’Entremont Early this morning, a fire destroyed a lobster pound (building/facility) used by Mi’kmaw fishers in the fishing village of Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia. Global News reports: “The lobster pound is the same one that was swarmed, vandalized and ransacked by a large crowd of Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanied CCAJAR lawyer Reynaldo Villalba and the “huge potential for risk and danger” that comes with the proceedings against Álvaro Uribe

Reynaldo Villalba is a lawyer with the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR) which is accompanied by the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project. Currently, he is representing Senator Iván Cepeda in legal proceedings against a former president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Villalba says: “Managing a case of this kind generates Read more…