PBI highlights Colombia in statements at UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva

Peace Brigades International-Switzerland Advocacy Coordinator Kim-Mai Vu recently made two presentations about the human rights situation in Colombia at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva. On September 17, at the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of non-recurrence, Kim-Mai noted: “The Read more…

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-Colombia accompanied CAJAR, FCSPP and CJL contribute to “The misrule of the apprentice” report on Duque presidency

Earlier this month 500 social organizations in Colombia released a 442-page report on the first two years of the presidency of Ivan Duque titled: The misrule of the apprentice – Authoritarianism, war and pandemic. The full report (in Spanish) can be accessed through the website of the PBI-Colombia accompanied Inter-Church Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies ACVC-RAN at workshops with rice farmers in the Cimitarra River Valley Campesino Reserve Zone

On September 17, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Projected tweeted: “This weekend PBI accompanied in the municipality of San Pablo, south of Bolívar, @ACVCRAN who conducted workshops with rice farmers in the framework of the project ‘Defense of the territory and human rights in the Peasant Reserve Zone of the Cimitarra Read more…

Judge orders the release of social leaders criminalized in relation to protests against Toronto-based Frontera Energy

On September 16, El Nuevo Oriente reported on the eight social leaders from San Luis de Palenque, Casanare, Colombia arrested on November 27, 2018 in relation to their opposition to the social and environmental harms caused to their community by Toronto-based Frontera Energy and its Cubiro Block operations. The article Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies Daniel Prado, Justice and Peace Commission lawyer in the trial of Santiago Uribe Velez

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project accompanies Daniel Prado, associate lawyer with the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission. Prado is representing the family of Camilo Barrientos who was allegedly murdered by the Twelves Apostles, a paramilitary group that Santiago Uribe Velez, the brother of former president Alvaro Uribe Velez, is accused Read more…

UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet calls for urgent action on human rights in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico

On September 14, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet presented a Global Human Rights Update to the Human Rights Council. That report noted: “The severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas region should alert all actors to the urgency of addressing the region’s profound inequalities Read more…