MLA Olsen asks the BC Minister of Public Safety if he still has confidence in the controversial RCMP C-IRG unit

On Thursday February 22, there was this exchange in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria between Green Party MLA Adam Olsen and Mike Farnworth, the Minister of Public Safety. Olsen refers to testimony that emerged last month at an ongoing abuse of process court hearing in Smithers, BC Read more…

CEHPRODEC executive director Donald Hernández: “We go to the territories accompanied by organizations such as PBI”

PBI-Honduras has accompanied the Honduran Center for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC) since May 2014. Spanish RTVE radio-television recently interviewed Donald Hernández, the executive director of CEHPRODEC. Below is an excerpt from that full interview. QUESTION: Have you ever suffered threats? ANSWER: Yes, many. The activism in which we Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó at the commemoration of the Massacre of Mulatos and La Resbalosa

PBI-Colombia has posted: “PBI Colombia accompanied the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in the community work and the commemoration of the Massacre of Mulatos and La Resbalosa, perpetrated on February 21, 2005, by the Army. Hearings on this event are currently underway at the JEP with case 04.” Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Conavigua at commemoration of Indigenous Maya victims of the internal armed conflict

On February 24, PBI-Guatemala posted: “PBI accompanies in the framework of the Day of the Dignification of the Victims of the IAC [internal armed conflict] commemorated every February 25 by the delivery of the Report of the Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH) in the year 1999, Conavigua Guatemala invited to Read more…

Global Affairs Canada provides $450,352.00 to CADSI, UN Special Rapporteurs note arms companies have human rights obligations

Photo: Protest outside the CADSI office in Ottawa on February 13, 2024. The website of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada shows that the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) has received $450,352.00 from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over the past two years. That same Read more…

UN Special Rapporteurs say any transfer of weapons to Israel is likely to violate international humanitarian law

Photo: Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Thirteen United Nations Special Rapporteurs, including Francesca Albanese, along with several Independent Experts and Working Group members, have stated that “any transfer of weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used Read more…

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 webinar on Gitxsan and Gitanyow Resistance to Colonial Mega Projects, March 5

On March 5th at 5.30PM PT join us to get an hour-long update on Gitxsan and Gitanyow resistance to heavy industry. Kolin Sutherland-Wilson, Tara Marsden, Kai Nagata and Maryam Adrangi will share leadership, analysis and movement-building perspective as three new pipelines are proposed, RCMP Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) funding expands, Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies Human Rights Law Firm at trial of Mayan Poqomchi defender Sofia Tot accused of “usurpation”

On February 20, PBI-Guatemala posted: “Yesterday, #PBI accompanied the Human Rights Law Firm at the Cobán Courts Tower, Alta Verapaz, at the beginning of the conclusions of the Sofia Case. Sofia, Mayan Poqomchi woman, is criminalized and accused of usurpation of private property in protected areas and exploiting its resources. Read more…

PBI-Honduras observes protest by Lenca community of Tierras del Padre criminalized for “usurpation” of ancestral lands

On February 20, PBI-Honduras posted: “We celebrate the closing of the process against the 11 people from the Lenca community of Tierras del Padre criminalized for the crime of usurpation. On February 16, when the final letters of freedom were granted to the defenders in the Criminal Court in Tegucigalpa, Read more…