UN Special Rapporteur comments on the “repression and persecution” faced by Indigenous water protectors in Canada

Photo: Maria Jose Acosta Lazo and Pedro Arrojo Agudo at their media conference at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, April 19. Pedro Arrojo Agudo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, has concluded his official visit to Canada. In a media statement released Read more…

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) session focuses on the criminalization of Indigenous land defenders

The Mongabay web-news portal reports: “[The] rise in criminalization [was] the key focus of a report released this week at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, or UNPFII, the largest gathering of Indigenous activists, policymakers, and leaders in the world. ‘It’s a very serious concern because the Indigenous people Read more…

CAHUCOPANA meets with IACHR Commissioner Andrea Pochak, greets new PBI-Colombia field volunteers

PBI-Colombia has tweeted: “The IACHR [Inter-American Commission on Human Rights] meets with @CAHUCOPANA [the Humanitarian Action Corporation for Coexistence and Peace in Northeast Antioquia] demanding guarantees in response to the prolonged humanitarian crisis suffered by campesino (peasant) communities in Northeast Antioquia.” This followed a CAHUCOPANA tweet that said: “#IACHRInColombia #MedellinAntioquia. Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies Nomadesc at meeting with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Buenaventura

PBI-Colombia has posted: “We accompanied @Nomadesc [the Association for Social Research and Action] in a meeting with @CIDH [Inter-American Commission on Human Rights] in Buenaventura, to follow up on the ‘civic strike’ agreements. It is urgent to overcome impunity, and provide guarantees to the territory and those who inhabit it.” Read more…

Ottawa Police Service receives $50 million in federal budget, intends to create a “permanent Special Events Team”

CBC reports: “The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will receive $50 million in federal funding over the next five years to enhance security near Parliament Hill. The proposed funding, to be dispensed in equal $10-million annual payments beginning in 2024-2025, will help ‘bolster the Ottawa Police Services’ presence around the Parliamentary Read more…

PBI-Mexico works with the Observatory of Social and Gender Violence of Aguascalientes to strengthen their security strategies

PBI-Mexico has posted: “From @PBI_Mexico we recognize the work of the Social and Gender Violence Observatory of Aguascalientes [OVSG AGS]  @FeministAgs in favor of the #DDHH [human rights] of all people and we appreciate your trust to be able to talk and strengthen your security strategies.” This followed a tweet Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Chinautla Multi-Sector as they peacefully resist illegal sand extraction and river pollution

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “#PBI accompanies Chinautla Multi-Sector. Today we visited members at their planton [protest site] and they updated us on their struggle, challenges, progress and upcoming activities.” The situation in Chinautla This past January, Prensa Comunitaria reported: “Santa Cruz Chinautla and its authorities maintain a peaceful resistance against the La Read more…

Alert: Death Threats Against Colombian Human Rights Lawyer Germán Romero

Article by Yannick Wild, Advocacy Coordinator, Peace Brigades International-Switzerland. UN Human Rights Experts[1] sent a letter to the government of Colombia, expressing their concerns about the death threats and acts of intimidation committed against the lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Germán Romero Sánchez, a member of the Network of Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS as FEDEPESAN shares their organizational experience with National University students

CREDHOS has posted on Facebook: “We accompanied FEDEPESAN [the Federation of Artisanal Fishermen of Santander] in their reception of students from the Faculty of Sociology of the National University. Together with them, we toured the Rosario and San Silvestre streams, and one of the areas impacted by the forest fires Read more…

inews reports on Elbit at weapons show in London, will The Breach be able to cover CANSEC in Ottawa this year?

Photo by Caolán Magee. inews.co.uk reports: “Companies selling weapons to Israel have been showcasing missiles at a three-day arms fair in London.” That article by London/Belfast-based journalist Caolán Magee adds: “The International Training Technology Exhibition (IT2EC) – an annual display of the latest advances in modern warfare – and accompanying Read more…