Is there a substantial risk Canadian vehicles sold to the Colombian police are involved in human rights violations?

Are there reasonable grounds of a substantial risk that Canadian-manufactured vehicles sold to the Colombian national police could be used to commit serious violations of human rights during the current national strike? Is there a direct, present and foreseeable risk of misuse? What do we know? 1– United Nations and Read more…

How are Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers sold to the Colombian police being used during the national strike?

This El Parche Crítico video shows a Colombian police truck firing a water cannon at a protest at the Portal Americas humanitarian space last night. Prior to this, Campaña Defender la libertad has highlighted: “There is a strong presence of tanks [in the Portal Americas humanitarian space], which make indiscriminate Read more…

Budget 2021 reaffirms $553 billion for the Canadian military, while $18 billion in annual fossil fuel subsidies remain unlisted

The founding statement of Peace Brigades International from September 1981 says: “We appeal in particular to all those who seek to fulfill the high principles and purposes expressed in the Charter of the United Nations.” The Charter includes the vision of “the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human Read more…

Colombian environmental defenders reject fracking at decentralized session of Departmental Assembly of Santander in Puerto Wilches

On April 20, these Colombian environmental defenders were at the decentralized session of the Departmental Assembly of Santander in Puerto Wilches in opposition to the fracking pilot projects that have been authorized in the Magdalena Medio region. They are Ivan Madero (CREDHOS), Oscar Sampayo (CRY-GEAM), Yuvelis Natalia Morales (AguaWil) and Read more…

Mary Robinson, former UN Human Rights Commissioner, calls on Trudeau to “step up” to address climate change

Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “step up” to address climate change at US President Joe Biden’s Climate Leaders Summit this April 22-23. Robinson now chairs The Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for Read more…

CREDHOS at Departmental Assembly of Santander meeting about fracking pilot projects in Puerto Wilches, Colombia

The banner says: “Not here, not there, not today, not ever. No to fracking in Colombia” On April 20, CREDHOS tweeted: “Happening now. The start the decentralized session of the @asambleastder [the Departmental Assembly of Santander] in the municipality of Puerto Wilches. The objective is to discuss the implementation of Read more…

Observatory highlights risk of ExxonMobil fracking to the Ciénaga El Llanito and the endangered Antillean manatee

Map from Corporacion Observatorio Desarrollo Territorial. On April 19, the Barrancabermeja, Colombia-based Territorial Development Observatory Corporation published this map based on a map available from the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) and noted: “The Platero Pilot Research Project is located in the municipality of Puerto Wilches, inside the VMM-37 block.” The Read more…

What does the Escazú Agreement mean for environmental defenders in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia?

Click here to register for a webinar that will feature Colombian environmental defenders Ivan Madero, Yuli Velasquez, Oscar Sampayo, and Yuvelis Natalia Morales. On April 19, Reuters reported: “The Escazu agreement is raising hopes among some [human rights defenders in Latin America] that they will be better protected and see Read more…