PBI-Colombia says peaceful protest is a human right as national strike protests continue

On November 23, the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project posted, “Social and peaceful protest is a human right, above all, disproportionate repressions cannot be justified against the civilian population, we ask for guarantees and respect for life.” That same day, The Bogota Post reported, “An 18-year-old student [Dylan Cruz] is in Read more…

Protests continue in Colombia, curfew imposed on Bogota as human rights concerns mount

Twitter photo of protest in Barrancabermeja on November 22 via Twitter. On November 23, The Guardian reported, “After more than 250,000 people marched on Thursday to express growing discontent with president Iván Duque’s government, another large crowd gathered on Friday afternoon in Bogotá’s Bolívar Plaza.” “The crowd, which included the Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies human rights defenders participating in the National Strike

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project accompanied three human rights organizations participating in the November 21st national strike. PBI-Colombia tweeted that it accompanied David Ravelo (a founding member of CREDHOS) in Barrancabermeja, the Committee in Solidarity with the Political Prisoners (CSPP) and the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective Corporation (CCAJAR). Ivan Read more…

Full approval of fracking could result in extraction of 7 billion barrels of crude in Colombia

On October 31, Petroleum World reported, “Ecopetrol signaled it is prepared to spend big bucks on developing Colombia’s unconventional oil and gas reserves, reputed to be South America’s second-largest after Argentina’s.” “[Ecopetrol CEO Felipe] Bayon said the company will spend $500 million on several in-country fracking pilot projects to start Read more…

Vancouver-based Eco Oro sues Colombia for $764 million through the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

In 1994, Vancouver-based Eco Oro Minerals Corporation (then called Greystar Resources) acquired mining rights in the Santurbán Páramo and began carrying out exploration related to their proposed Angostura open-pit gold and silver mine. Santurban is a high-altitude wetland ecosystem that serves as a source of drinking water for about two Read more…