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…

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…

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…

PBI-Canada presentation to UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water Pedro Arrojo-Agudo

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, is visiting Canada from April 8-19. He will share the preliminary findings of his visit on April 19 at 11:30 am ET at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. He will then present Read more…

Indigenous communities present to UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water about the threat of Ring of Fire mining

Last night we heard powerful testimony from Indigenous communities who would be affected by the Ring of Fire mining development. Representatives from the Neskantaga and Attawapiskat nations made presentations to Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water, at a gathering at Carleton University in Ottawa. Neskantaga Read more…

Eleven Zapotec communities in Mexico win injunction against Canadian mining company, say court order should be respected and the mine closed

Photo: The No to Mining Front for a Future of All media conference; April 3, 2024. An injunction/court order granted by a Mexican judge should protect eleven Zapotec communities in the Ocotlán Valley of Oaxaca state from Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver and its subsidiary the Cuzcatlán mining company. A statement from Read more…

OXEC dams on Maya Q’eqchi’ territory in Guatemala linked to Spanish, French and Canadian companies

On April 3, during a webinar organized by PBI-UK and Amnesty International, Maya Q’eqchi’ defender Bernardo Caal Xol spoke about a march by the Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón to the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala City. That march took place on May 10, 2023. PBI-Canada was there and compiled Bernardo’s tweets Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu at World Water Day commemoration

PBI-Guatemala has posted: “On March 16 #PBI accompanies the Council of Communities of Retalhuleu in the commemoration of #WorldWaterDay in the communities of Champerico. In this meeting, members of the Council exchanged on the challenges faced by the communities, such as the lack of water in the territories due to Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanies Peoples’ Front in Defence of Land and Water at highway blockade at Cholula garbage dump

On March 21st, PBI-Mexico tweeted: “Today PBI accompanies the @fpdtampt [Peoples’ Front in Defence of Land and Water] at a protest against the landfill in San Pedro Cholula. We urge state and federal agencies, such as @Segob_Puebla [the Secretary of the Interior of the State of Puebla] and @AmbientePuebla [Environment Read more…

PBI-Mexico to observe protest demanding closure of Cholula Landfill given concerns about air and water pollution

Photo: “Demonstration. Out landfill! We demand total cancellation and abandonment plan.” PBI-Mexico has posted on Facebook: “In the framework of our accompaniment of the Peoples’ Front in Defence of Land and Water – Puebla, Tlaxcala, Morelos, brigadistas of PBI Mexico will be present in San Pedro Cholula as international observers Read more…