Ecopetrol president updates investors on fracking pilot project in Puerto Wilches as social leaders warn of harm to water and biodiversity

On February 24, the president of the Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol, Felipe Bayón, and other executives updated investors on fracking in Colombia. Here is an overview to understand the context of his update yesterday: Protests against fracking in Puerto Wilches The first licence for a fracking pilot project in Read more…

Analyst highlights the legal, reputational and market valuation risks transnational corporations could face in Colombia

Photo: A still from this video of eight social leaders from San Luis de Palenque in custody after protesting against Toronto-based Frontera Energy. A recently published article in Americas Quarterly highlights the risks associated for transnational corporations in relation to human rights violations. The article by Raul Gallegos, a Bogota-based Read more…

COSPACC rejects the capture of social leader Miguel Yesid Daza who defends the rights of communities against oil projects

On February 23, COSPACC tweeted: “We reject the capture of Miguel Daza, human rights defender from [the Social Corporation for Community Advice and Training – COSPACC] and [the National Peasant Association José Antonio Galán Zorro – ASONALCA] because Being a Social Leader is Not a Crime. No more judicial setups Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies NOMADESC at verification mission meeting with embassies in Buenaventura

Photo by NOMADESC. On February 22, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project accompanied the Association for Research and Social Action (NOMADESC) on a verification mission meeting in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca. NOMADESC tweeted: “National and International On-site Verification Mission that expects to follow up on the commitments made by the State Read more…

ASMAC director Isela Gonzalez to speak on Indigenous rights and Canadian mining in Chihuahua, Mexico on March 11

Photo: Isela Gonzalez, director of the Sierra Madre Alliance (ASMAC). Photo by PBI-Mexico. This upcoming webinar jointly organized by Peace Brigades International and Amnesty International Canada will feature Isela Gonzalez, a nurse turned activist and director of the Sierra Madre Alliance (ASMAC). PBI-Mexico has accompanied ASMAC since 2018 and in Read more…

Birch Narrow Dene Nation land defenders in Saskatchewan set up blockade to stop uranium company on their territory

On February 21, CBC reported: “A northern Saskatchewan First Nation blockaded a road and issued a cease and desist order against a Toronto uranium company. Birch Narrows Dene Nation officials say they took action after Baselode Energy workers started surveying the band’s traditional territory without consent.” The article adds: “Birch Read more…