Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies votes to eliminate “trust funds” including the one that finances the protection of journalists

The Chamber of Deputies, the 500-seat lower house of Mexico’s congress, has just voted to eliminate as many as 109 government trust funds. The Associated Press reports: “Together, the funds manage almost $3.2 billion in government funds for research, health, sports and education projects, including one that finances protection for Read more…

PBI-Canada calls on Canadian government to back the Escazú Agreement to protect environmental defenders

The Escazú Agreement is the first legally binding treaty to include specific provisions to protect environmental defenders. Twenty-three countries (two-thirds of the countries) in Latin America and the Caribbean have now signed the Escazú Agreement. Ten of those countries have ratified the deal, meaning only one more country needs to Read more…

Canadian spy agency refuses to release records on actions in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders

Wet’suwet’en solidarity rally, Ottawa, February 7, 2020. On October 2, CBC reported: “Canada’s spy agency has refused to release internal records on Indigenous-led actions in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs by using an exemption under the access to information law normally reserved for information related to gathering intelligence to detect Read more…