PBI-Colombia accompanied CCAJAR alerts IACHR to violations by state agents in the context of the National Strike

Photo: 22-year-old university student Leidy Natalia Cadena Torres was shot by the ESMAD riot police on April 28 in Bogota. On May 1, the PBI-Colombia accompanied José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR) tweeted: “97 social, trade union, environmental, women’s and human rights networks and organizations alerted the @CIDH [Inter-American Commission Read more…

PBI-Canada convenes webinar with environmental defenders on fracking and extractivism in Colombia

Oscar Sampayo (CRY-GEAM), Ivan Madero (CREDHOS), Yuvelis Morales (AguaWil), Karen Hamilton (Above Ground), Luis van Isschot (PBI-Canada) and Yuli Velasquez (FEDEPESAN). PBI-Canada working in collaboration with PBI-Colombia, Above Ground and CREDHOS convened a webinar on April 29 that discussed the situation of environmental defenders in the Magdalena Medio region of Read more…

CREDHOS, Above Ground and PBI meet with Canadian Member of Parliament Paul Manly

Kath Nygaard (interpretation), Brent Patterson (PBI-Canada), Javier Garate (PBI-Colombia), Paul Manly (MP), Fiona Meyer Cook (PBI-Canada), Danielle Mulima (MP assistant), Karen Hamilton (Above Ground), Ivan Madero (CREDHOS). On April 27, Peace Brigades International-Canada convened a meeting with Paul Manly (Member of Parliament, Nanaimo-Ladysmith). Several issues were discussed, most notably: The Read more…

Colombian Senate’s Peace Commission to hold public hearing with threatened environmental defenders from Puerto Wilches

20-year-old Yuvelis Natalia Morales is a member of AguaWil. On April 26, Colombian Senator Antonio Sanguino tweeted: “Given the difficult human rights situation that leaders and environmental leaders are going through in Puerto Wilches, we have approved in [the Senate of Colombia’s Peace Commission] a public hearing to listen to Read more…

Canadian company moves toward fracking in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia

Colombian environmental defender Yuli Velasquez opposes fracking. The Colombian business information portal Portfolio reports: “A new hydrocarbon company began to appear on the radar for fracking tasks for the development of unconventional deposits (YNC) in the national territory.” “This is the Canadian multinational Canacol, which announced in recent days the Read more…

Fracking in Colombia raises concerns about air pollution, the health of local communities in the Magdalena Medio region

The Ecopetrol refinery in Barrancabermeja. Photo by PBI-Colombia. Click here to hear Colombian environmental defenders discuss the issue of fracking and public health this Thursday at 2:30 pm COT/3:30 pm EST. David R. Boyd, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, has argued that clean air Read more…