Will COP16 in Colombia help to protect environmental defenders or be a “colonial conservation rebrand”?

Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s environment minister who is expected to be the COP16 Biodiversity Conference president, tells The Guardian: “Although the climate is affecting biodiversity, nature is an answer to the climate crisis.” She adds: “It is not the only answer, but it is a very important pillar, and we want Read more…

PBI-Canada co-organizing webinar seeking field volunteers for PBI-Colombia, February 26

PBI-Colombia is seeking new field volunteers! We are working with them and PBI-United Kingdom on a webinar to encourage applications. The deadline to apply is Saturday March 2. To learn more about this, join us on Monday February 26 to hear Marie Zeller, a former field volunteer, and German Romero, Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CAJAR lawyer Reynaldo Villalba during the fraud and bribery trial of former president’s lawyer Diego Cadena

PBI-Colombia has posted: “We accompanied @ReynaldVillalba of @Ccajar [the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective] in the framework of the proceedings related to the trial being carried out against lawyer Cadena. Guarantees are urgently needed in the climate of defamation and threats.” Diego Javier Cadena Ramírez was Álvaro Uribe’s lawyer. Uribe Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies San José de Apartadó Peace Community and dhColombia at meeting with Canadian Embassy

On February 14, PBI-Colombia posted: “”As peasants, our greatest strength is the land,” says @cdpsanjose [the San José de Apartadó Peace Community] accompanied by @dhColombia [the Association of Human Rights Defenders Network] in a meeting with [the Embassy of] @CanadayColombia and @ONUHumanRights [United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights]. Guarantees Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS as it tests water in Sabana de Torres impacted by wastewater discharges

On February 7, the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS) posted: “We continued with our environmental agenda in the territory, this time from the municipality of Sabana de Torres, Santander, making a technical visit of ocular inspection and in situ measurement of physicochemical parameters of the San Read more…

PBI-Canada concerned by threats against CREDHOS, FEDEPESAN and ACVC in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia

Still from Enlace Noticias news report. From Canada we express our concern that the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS), the Federation of Santander Fishers for Tourism and Environment (FEDEPESAN), the Small-Scale Farmer Association of the Cimitarra River Valley (ACVC), and other social organizations have been threatened. Read more…

PBI-Colombia seeks new field volunteers, deadline to apply is March 2

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project has posted this call for field volunteers to accompany organizations, defenders and communities for a period of 18 months. Key dates include: March 2 – deadline to apply March 4-30 – 90-minute personal interviews with applicants May 8-12 – five-day virtual training/selection meeting June-July – Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque at meeting with Swedish Embassy

PBI-Colombia has posted: “In meeting with human rights defender journalist @JulieDuque1 and Rickard Lunnerdal @SwedeninCOL. We share concerns about security incidents due to surveillance and monitoring. PBI continues to accompany some court cases that are close to statute of limitations. #FightAgainstImpunity” Duque then tweeted: “Many thanks to @PBIColombia for facilitating Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS as it tests water in Yondó, calls for the right to water to be respected

On February 1, PBI-Colombia posted: “We accompanied @credhos_paz [the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights] in Yondó #Antioquia during their water testing in order to assess the impact of different industries in the region, such as palm monocultures, mining and oil companies, among others. These water sources supply 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…