PBI-Honduras notes arrest of Guapinol River defender Leonel George, community opposition to ASP mining concession

PBI-Honduras has reposted a tweet that says: “Defender Leonel George in interview with Pasos de Animal Grande after his arrest by the national police. ‘It is an alarm signal that gives rise to believing that the persecution is reactivated in moments of great tension in Tocoa, Colón.’” To listen to Read more…

PBI-Mexico signs statement opposed to arrest of nine Indigenous Zapotec land defenders against industrial park in Oaxaca

Photo: Pagina 3. PBI-Mexico has posted: “PBI joins the call by national and international CSOs [civil society organizations] for the release of 9 Indigenous defenders from Santa Maria Mixtequilla, detained in the context of the construction of the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.” That joint statement says: “We, Read more…

Three law professors note International Court of Justice ruling means it would be illegal for Canada to export arms to Israel

Excerpt from Ruling by UN’s top court means Canada and the U.S. could be complicit in Gaza genocide (The Conversation, January 28, 2024). Photo: Heidi Matthews, Faisal A. Bhabha, Mohammad Fadel. Heidi Matthews, Assistant Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Faisal A. Bhabha, Associate Professor of Law, Read more…

PBI-Honduras observes trial of student activist accused of arson at US Embassy during national strike protests

On January 26, PBI-Honduras posted: “We observe the trial of Henry Bonilla [Acevedo] for the burning of [tires in front of] the US embassy in a protest on [May 31st, 2019]. The @defencofadeh [Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras/COFADEH] denounces the criminalization of the national strike. Read more…

CBC News obtains RCMP C-IRG video of the arrests of Indigenous land defenders on Wet’suwet’en territory in November 2021

CBC News reports that it has obtained Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) video footage that shows the arrests at a blockade of work on the Coastal Gaslink fracked gas pipeline on November 19, 2021. That police video can be seen at Police footage shows arrests at Read more…

International Court of Justice delivers interim ruling, calls on Israel to take all measures to prevent genocide in Gaza

Photo: Image from BBC video of today’s ICJ ruling. The Guardian reports: “[International Court of Justice president] Judge [Joan E.] Donoghue says the court has decided that Israel must ‘take all measures within its its power’ to prevent all acts within the scope of the genocide convention. She says it must ensure Read more…

Twelve concerning things we learned about the RCMP C-IRG during the first week of the abuse of process hearing

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists (Democracy Now!, November 24, 2021). An abuse of process application was heard in a courtroom in Smithers, British Columbia this past week (January 12-19) that alleges the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) used excessive force Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanied NOMADESC calls for protection measures after attack on Bahía Málaga in the rural area of Buenaventura

Photo: Mangaña is a community of 21 families located in Bahía Málaga (Valle del Cauca). On January 23, PBI-Colombia retweeted this post from the Association for Social Research and Action (NOMADESC): “#SOS We reject all violent actions and REQUEST @CorteIDH [Inter-American Court of Human Rights] to attend to the precautionary Read more…

PBI-Honduras visits communities in Tocoa as the Los Pinares ASP mining concession is set to expire on January 28

On January 24, PBI-Honduras posted: “Last week we visited the different communities of the San Pedro Sector in Tocoa. For more than 10 years, they are organized in the San Pedro Common Goods Committee for the defense and care of the territory they inhabit. We express concern over the invalidation Read more…

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