PBI-Canada convenes webinar with environmental defenders on fracking and extractivism in Colombia

Oscar Sampayo (CRY-GEAM), Ivan Madero (CREDHOS), Yuvelis Morales (AguaWil), Karen Hamilton (Above Ground), Luis van Isschot (PBI-Canada) and Yuli Velasquez (FEDEPESAN). PBI-Canada working in collaboration with PBI-Colombia, Above Ground and CREDHOS convened a webinar on April 29 that discussed the situation of environmental defenders in the Magdalena Medio region of Read more…

CREDHOS, Above Ground and PBI meet with Canadian Member of Parliament Paul Manly

Kath Nygaard (interpretation), Brent Patterson (PBI-Canada), Javier Garate (PBI-Colombia), Paul Manly (MP), Fiona Meyer Cook (PBI-Canada), Danielle Mulima (MP assistant), Karen Hamilton (Above Ground), Ivan Madero (CREDHOS). On April 27, Peace Brigades International-Canada convened a meeting with Paul Manly (Member of Parliament, Nanaimo-Ladysmith). Several issues were discussed, most notably: The Read more…

PBI-Honduras observes trial of accused intellectual author of the murder of Lenca land defender Berta Cáceres

COPINH: “The daughters of #BertaCáceres, the legal team representing them, alongside COPINH, reaffirm their commitment to the fight for #JusticeForBerta.” On April 29, PBI-Honduras posted about the trial of former DESA hydroelectric dam executive David Castillo who is accused of being an intellectual author in the murder of Indigenous Lenca Read more…

Colombian Senate’s Peace Commission to hold public hearing with threatened environmental defenders from Puerto Wilches

20-year-old Yuvelis Natalia Morales is a member of AguaWil. On April 26, Colombian Senator Antonio Sanguino tweeted: “Given the difficult human rights situation that leaders and environmental leaders are going through in Puerto Wilches, we have approved in [the Senate of Colombia’s Peace Commission] a public hearing to listen to Read more…

Canadian company moves toward fracking in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia

Colombian environmental defender Yuli Velasquez opposes fracking. The Colombian business information portal Portfolio reports: “A new hydrocarbon company began to appear on the radar for fracking tasks for the development of unconventional deposits (YNC) in the national territory.” “This is the Canadian multinational Canacol, which announced in recent days the Read more…

PBI-Mexico Annual Report and its accompaniment of 152 human rights defenders in 2020

On April 21, PBI-Mexico posted its 2020 Annual Report in English and Spanish. That Annual Report highlights: “In 2020, PBI Mexico provided international accompaniment to 11 organisations and two civil-society coordination spaces in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City. PBI’s accompaniment – which includes physical presence; national and Read more…