Canadian government owned pipeline company conducts physical and open-source surveillance of Trans Mountain opponents

Brett Forester of CBC reports: “A federally owned pipeline company is withholding records that would expose its dealings with private security and intelligence firms by citing blanket exemptions under access-to-information law.” He adds: “Calgary-based Trans Mountain responded to a request to see its contracts with these agencies, along with reports Read more…

Mohawk land defender Skyler Williams, criminalized for his defence of Haudenosaunee territory, returns to court in January 2023

Photo: Land defenders Layla Staats and Skyler Williams outside the Cayuga courthouse. Photo by Bobby Hristova/CBC. The sentencing hearing for criminalized Haudenosaunee land defender Skyler Williams will continue in January 2023. CBC reports: “Williams testified last week, answering questions from [Justice Gethin] Edward about why he has taken part in Read more…

Resolutions at BC Federation of Labour convention call for C-IRG to be dismantled, force not to be used in Indigenous disputes

Photo: “MoveUP delegate Colin Sanderson speaking in support of a MoveUP submitted resolution calling on the prov. and federal governments to disband the Community-Industry Response Group and require on-site Indigenous civilian oversight on RCMP operations on Indigenous lands.” Resolutions related to Indigenous land defenders were considered at the British Columbia Read more…

PBI participates in UN/IACHR regional meeting in Ecuador on new strategies to protect human rights defenders

Photo: CIDH photo. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH-IACHR) reports: “Representatives of Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Peru participated on November 21 in Quito, Ecuador, in a meeting of National Protection Mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Latin America. The meeting, organized by UN Human Rights and Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Human Rights Law Firm at hearing for criminalized Indigenous journalist and fishermen’s union president

On November 24, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies the Human Rights Law Firm in the intermediate stage hearing of the judicial process against Cristobal Pop, president of the fishermen’s union [of El Estor, Izabal], and the journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc, which has been suspended again.” Both Pop and Choc are Maya Read more…

PBI-Honduras accompanies ARCAH as it files complaint with the Public Ministry in the framework of the ZEDEs

On November 24, PBI-Honduras tweeted: “PBI accompanies @Arcah_hn [the Honduran Alternative for Community and Environmental Vindication] in filing a complaint with the Public Ministry in the framework of the ZEDE [Economic Development and Employment Zones]. We are concerned about the constant pressure and risk situations that the organization is going Read more…

Bank of Montreal calls for due diligence legislation, but funds pipeline companies that criminalize Indigenous water protectors

Greenpeace photo. The Bank of Montreal (BMO) recently signed a letter that states: “The process of continuously conducting robust human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) is a core requirement for businesses and investors in fulfilling that responsibility, as framed in the recognized international standards of the UN Guiding Principles Read more…

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