PBI-Canada visits CUPE picket lines in Ottawa following provincial legislation that overrides the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

CUPE picket line at Greenbank Road, Ottawa. Peace Brigades International-Canada was present at two Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) picket lines in Ottawa this morning. They were at the office of Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) Lisa Macleod on Greenbank Road and at St. Laurent/Cyrville Road. The Toronto Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and dhColombia talk about the defence of territory

On November 2, PBI-Colombia tweeted: “From [the region of] #Urabá [in the department of Antioquia] @cdpsanjose [the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó] and @dhColombia [the Network Association of Human Rights Defenders of Colombia] talk about the campesina reality and the defense of the territory in the midst of Read more…

Guilbeault to lead Canadian delegation at COP27, environmental human rights defenders not yet on agenda

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault at COP26 last year. Photo by La Presse canadienne / Sean Kilpatrick. An Environment and Climate Change Canada media release notes: “Over the course of COP27, Canada will support ambitious outcomes within the negotiations, including on issues related to climate finance Read more…

The Ottawa Police Service Security Intelligence Section and the shrinking of civil society space for protest and dissent

Photo: Family and supporters march in Ottawa in October 2020 following the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the police killing of Abdirahman Abdi. Peace Brigades International accompanies threatened human rights defenders and monitors the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. The Transnational Institute has defined shrinking space as “a Read more…

COPINH tweets PBI-Canada article on COP27 and the absence of a “safe and enabling environment” for environmental human rights defenders

On November 1, COPINH tweeted: “COP27 and the absence of a “safe and enabling environment” for environmental human rights defenders #BertaCáceres, Lenca indigenous water protector, was murdered in March 2016, less than 3 months after the UN climate summit COP21.” They then noted the statement signed by PBI-UK that highlights: Read more…

Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo’ to Dublin Platform: “Canada’s reconciliation with our people is a mockery”

Front Line Defenders Americas has tweeted: “‘Canada’s reconciliation with our people is a mockery’ Powerful testimony from Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo Molly Wickham. They have used militarised police to force a pipeline on their territory. She has been threatened, harassed and arrested.” The Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline Sleydo’ has Read more…

Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo’: “We urge the United Nations to conduct a field visit to Wet’suwet’en territory”

Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo’. Earlier this year, Gidimt’en Checkpoint spokesperson Sleydo’ stated: “We urge the United Nations to conduct a field visit to Wet’suwet’en territory because Canada and BC have not withdrawn RCMP from our territory and have not suspended Coastal GasLink’s permits, despite the United Nations Committee on the Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanied CREDHOS calls for “the protection and guarantee of the rights to life, to the integrity and security of its members”

On October 31, CREDHOS tweeted: “#Threats to #Credhos The board of directors of the corporation demands that the #civilian, #police, and military #authorities guarantee the #life of the #Inhabitants of #MagdalenaMedio… To the control and administration of justice agencies to investigate and find the intellectual and material authors of the Read more…

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