PBI-Colombia accompanied CREDHOS calls for the dismantling of the ESMAD riot police

The Colombian human rights organization Temblores has documented that Colombian public forces have committed 639 homicides between 2017 and 2019. On February 26, Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS) tweeted: “Day against #BrutalidadPolicial [police brutality] in #Barrancabermeja we demand the dismantling of #ESMAD.” This follows 24-year-old filmmaker Read more…

Ecopetrol president updates investors on fracking pilot project in Puerto Wilches as social leaders warn of harm to water and biodiversity

On February 24, the president of the Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol, Felipe Bayón, and other executives updated investors on fracking in Colombia. Here is an overview to understand the context of his update yesterday: Protests against fracking in Puerto Wilches The first licence for a fracking pilot project in Read more…

Analyst highlights the legal, reputational and market valuation risks transnational corporations could face in Colombia

Photo: A still from this video of eight social leaders from San Luis de Palenque in custody after protesting against Toronto-based Frontera Energy. A recently published article in Americas Quarterly highlights the risks associated for transnational corporations in relation to human rights violations. The article by Raul Gallegos, a Bogota-based Read more…

COSPACC rejects the capture of social leader Miguel Yesid Daza who defends the rights of communities against oil projects

On February 23, COSPACC tweeted: “We reject the capture of Miguel Daza, human rights defender from [the Social Corporation for Community Advice and Training – COSPACC] and [the National Peasant Association José Antonio Galán Zorro – ASONALCA] because Being a Social Leader is Not a Crime. No more judicial setups Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies NOMADESC at verification mission meeting with embassies in Buenaventura

Photo by NOMADESC. On February 22, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project accompanied the Association for Research and Social Action (NOMADESC) on a verification mission meeting in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca. NOMADESC tweeted: “National and International On-site Verification Mission that expects to follow up on the commitments made by the State Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies the Corporation for Judicial Freedom in Ituango where forced displacements are happening now

On February 19, PBI-Colombia tweeted: “PBI accompanies the Corporation for Judicial Freedom (CJL) in Ituango, Antioquia where they draw attention to the lack of security guarantees for human rights defenders and the rural population of the area: 327 people are displaced due to clashes and insecurity.” The CJL also tweeted: Read more…

CREDHOS meets with Barrancabermeja water utility on concerns about landfill contamination of wetland

On February 18, the PBI-Colombia accompanied organization CREDHOS tweeted: “Meeting with executives of @AguasdeBarranc1, Sinaltrainal, environmental leaders and #Credhos. Analyzing the contamination situation of the #Cienaga #SanSilvestre and the quality of the water that Barranqueños consume.” Aguas de Barrancabermeja is a Colombian state-owned utility that provides potable water and wastewater Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS at meeting with FEDEPESAN that has received threats for their defence of the environment

On February 18, CREDHOS tweeted: “#Credhos providing legal and political support to the Federation of Environmental and Tourist Artisanal Fishermen of the Department of Santander – #Fedepesan – in the face of #Threats and #Attacks received for their work in defense of the #Environment and against #Corruption.” Last month, CREDHOS Read more…