PBI-Colombia accompanied CREDHOS holds press conference about Calgary-based Parex Resources Inc. tutela challenge
On December 21, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project tweeted a video with the text: “CREDHOS presents the situation of environmental leaders in Bajo Simacota, Santander after the tutelage filed by the Canadian company PAREX. There are already two rulings in recent months in favor of environmental leaders.”
That 22-minute video can be seen here.
Parex Resources Inc. is a Calgary-based company. Its website notes: “Parex holds interests in approximately 2.5 million gross acres over 24 onshore blocks in Colombia’s Llanos and Magdalena Basins.”
Parex operates the Aguas Blancas oil field in the municipality of Simacota, Santander in northeastern Colombia.
A tutela is an injunction that aims to protect constitutional rights when they are violated or threatened by the action or omission of any public authority.
The mechanism is incorporated in Article 86 of the Constitution and a tutela can proceed under several circumstances including when the actor (plaintiff) is in a situation of defenselessness in relation to the individual (defendant) against whom the tutela is brought.
As noted in the PBI-Colombia tweet, there have been two court rulings in recent months in favour of environmental leaders in this case.
PBI-Colombia has accompanied CREDHOS since 1994.
In November 2019, CREDHOS president Ivan Madero (who speaks in the video noted above) visited Canada as part of a PBI organized advocacy tour.