Canadian Human Rights Observation Mission visits Colombian communities impacted by Canadian extractivism

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Photo: The Observation Mission arrives in Providencia (in the municipality of San Roque, department of Antioquia ) where the community resists the Gramalote gold mine.

A Canadian Human Rights Observation Mission is taking place in Colombia between November 24 and December 8. The delegation includes Member of Parliament Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay, who is the Bloc Québécois critic for international trade.

On November 25, Comité de Solidaridad Canadá X Colombia tweeted:

“Today our observation and verification mission began with the arrival of the delegation in Bogotá, they will be in different regions of the country, we invite you to be attentive and accompany this Canadian mission in Colombia.”

We have been following the social media posts about this mission.

Among some key updates:

November 25: “First day of the Canadian Mission in Colombia, methodological meeting to develop a report that will be made public.”

November 25: “The Indigenous Minga welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Observation Mission in Colombia.”

November 27: “In Medellín, many social leaders tell us about human rights violations committed by mining companies registered in Toronto.”

November 27: “The Canadian mission at the Portal de la Resistencia in Bogota receives testimonies from victims of Police Brutality.”

November 28: “Today International Mission of #DDHH #CanadaEnColombia came to listen to the communities that suffer from the #Buritica gold mine. @CHigabra [Comunidad Higabra] is cornered, life becomes impossible with the multinational #China @CNLGold [Zijin-Continental Gold] that recently bought the mine from #Canada who never listened.”

November 28: “In the midst of the audience in which personalities and organizations from #Canada listened to the community, the @COL_EJERCITO [Colombian Army] arrived at the service of the mine @CNLGold, which accounts for the militarization of the territory and the impossibility of exercising, without pressure, the right of assembly.”

November 29: “The Movimiento Rios Vivos represents the community of Toledo, shaken in its way of life and its practices during the development of a dam.” Toledo is situated about 50 kilometres south of the Ituango dam which has received as much as $1 billion in financing from Export Development Canada (EDC).

December 2: “Popular assembly in Providencia with the traditional artisanal mining associations of the region who are resisting the multinational AngloGold Ashanti and B2Gold which militarize the territory.”

December 4: “The Canadian Mission for Human Rights in Colombia accompanied by Federal Deputy of Quebec @SPSTremblay visits Buriticá listening to COMMUNITIES about human rights affected by MINING with Canadian investment and that @canadaxcolombia wants to make visible.”

We look forward to more social media posts and to reading the final report from this Observation Mission.

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