Export Development Canada finances Calgary-based Parex Resources in Colombia

Earlier this month, Peace Brigades International signed this letter that highlights: “The activities of [public development banks] have repeatedly exacerbated poverty, widened inequalities and fuelled human rights violations (such as reprisals, land grabbing and forced evictions) without access to any useful remedies for affected communities.” United Nations High Commissioner for Read more…

PBI-Canada welcomes the decision of Carleton University’s criminology institute to end placements with police forces and prisons

On August 12, CBC reported: “Carleton University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ) is ending all student co-op placements with police forces and prisons next year.” That article also notes: “Typically, some 80 third-year year criminology students are given co-op placements with Ottawa police, the RCMP, Correctional Service Canada Read more…

Switzerland to vote in referendum that would make Swiss corporations legally liable for human rights violations

On July 1, the Federal Council confirmed that a referendum will take place on November 29 on two popular initiatives: “Responsible companies – to protect the human being and the environment” and “For a ban on financing producers of war material”. Reuters has also reported: “Swiss voters look set to Read more…

PBI-Guatemala hosts webinar with TZ’KAT Network of Ancestral Healers of Territorial Community Feminism

On July 15, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project hosted a livestream presentation with two members of TZ’KAT. The promotion for this online discussion noted: “We talk with Lorena Cabnal and Alex Vásquez, members of TZ’KAT Network of Ancestral Healers of Territorial Community Feminism from Iximulew, about the situation of the Read more…

PBI-Spanish State and Mundubat initiate the Voces defensoras (Defending Voices) solidarity network

The Defending Voices Platform is a joint initiative of Peace Brigades International-Spanish State and Mundubat, “an NGO of men and women from various social realities committed to a change in the world order.” The website explains: “Many of the people who defend fundamental rights, as well as their organizations and Read more…