PBI-Colombia accompanies Nomadesc at meeting with Canadian Ambassador and victims of police violence

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On May 16, PBI-Colombia tweeted:

“We accompanied a meeting in Cali with the Ambassador of @CanadayColombia with @Nomadesc and @Justiciaypazcol with victims of police violence. They request actions to avoid impunity and move towards a comprehensive police reform and guarantees of non-financing of the public force [the national police and military].”

And the Association for Research and Social Action (NOMADESC) tweeted:

“Ambassador of @CanadaColombia meets with @nomadesc relatives and victims of the 2021 national strike. They show the responsibility of the Colombian State and impunity in atrocious acts. They request #police reform, human rights monitoring and no funding to the Public Force.”

In a previous meeting with a representative of the Canadian Embassy in December 2021, Nomadesc “requested guarantees that Canada will not assist the Colombian police with equipment.”

Canada has exported Toronto, Ontario-manufactured INKAS armoured vehicles and Mirabel, Quebec-made Bell Textron 407 helicopters to the Colombian police, both of which were used during the national strike.

NOMADESC president Berenice Celeita, who met with Canadian Ambassador Marianick Tremblay today, will be participating in an upcoming PBI-Canada-organized webinar on Canadian arms exports and the human rights implications of militarization of territory in Colombia, Mexico and northern Alberta, Canada.

To participate in that webinar on May 31, register here now.

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