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Colombian environmental defenders to visit Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Nanaimo

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Julia Figueroa and Andrea Nocove from the Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers’ Collective (CCALCP) and Ivan Madero from the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS) will be visiting Canada this November.

On the eve of fracking starting in Colombia, they will highlight their concerns about extractivism, climate breakdown, water pollution and violations of Indigenous rights.

Their public forums include:

OTTAWA – Monday November 4, 6:30 pm, Amnesty International building, 312 Laurier Avenue East

VANCOUVER – Wednesday November 6, 7 pm, SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street

NANAIMO – Friday November 8, 2 pm, Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street

Along with these three public forums, Julia, Andrea and Ivan will be meeting with civil society allies in Toronto, government officials in Ottawa, as well as students, lawyers and activists at information/strategy meetings across the country.

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project accompanies both CCALCP and CREDHOS given the security risks they face due to their work.

For more on what’s happening in Colombia, please see our articles Regulations for fracking in Colombia to be ready this year, fracking to begin in 2020 and Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.

This tour is being organized by Peace Brigades International-Canada in partnership with Amnesty International Canada, MiningWatch Canada and local allies.

For more details, contact us at info@pbicanada.org

To donate to help cover the costs of the tour, please click here.

Climate change, human rights and the struggle for peace in Colombia

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Peace Brigades International in partnership with Amnesty International Canada, MiningWatch Canada and local allies are hosting a speaking tour in Canada featuring three prominent human rights defenders from Colombia who will be meeting with a wide variety of people this coming November 2-10 to share their insights about environmental protection, fracking, human rights, the role of social leaders, and the peace process in Colombia.


Colombian human rights defenders Julia Figueroa and Andrea Nocove from CCALCP and Ivan Madero from CREDHOS will be featured in this speaking tour.

The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers’ Collective (CCALCP), an organization of eight women lawyers based in Bucaramanga and Cúcuta, works on crucial public interest issues. Julia is the Director of CCALCP, and Andrea is a lawyer with the organization.

The Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS), based in Barrancabermeja the petroleum capital of Colombia, promotes human rights through workshops, training and legal advice. Ivan is the President of CREDHOS.

They will be joined by Javier Garate, the USA and Canada Representative with the Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project, who is based in Bogota. PBI-Colombia has accompanied CCALCP since 2006 and CREDHOS since 1994.


Julia, Andrea and Ivan will be speaking on issues including environmental protection, fracking, climate change, water protection, the peace process and Indigenous rights. They will be meeting with government officials, elected representatives, NGOs, lawyers, journalists, university students and concerned individuals.


They will be speaking and holding meetings in Toronto (November 3), Ottawa (November 4-5), Vancouver (November 6-7) and Nanaimo (November 8).


Solidarity is crucial in the advancement of human rights. This tour will help to build awareness of the current situation in Colombia, the environmental challenges we all face, the role Canadian capital plays in Colombia, and what those of us in Canada can do to assist in the promotion of human rights and environmental justice.


Peace Brigades International-Canada is working in partnership with Amnesty International Canada, MiningWatch Canada and numerous local allies to help amplify the concerns and experiences of these three human rights defenders by facilitating meetings and public forums during this 4-community speaking tour.

Further reading

CCALCP helped stop Toronto-based Brookfield Asset hydroelectric project in Colombia

CCALCP, the defence of Bari territory and Judgement T-052

CCALCP calls for the implementation of T-361 and protection of the Santurbán páramo

CCALCP seeks the implementation of the right to free, prior and informed consent in Colombia

CCALCP rejects Soto Norte gold mine that threatens Colombia’s drinking water

CCALCP opposed Vancouver-based Eco Oro mining in Colombia’s Santurbán wetland

PBI-Colombia accompanies CCALCP, the lawyers who stopped Canadian fracking in Colombia

PBI-Colombia and CREDHOS, 25 years of accompaniment and defending human rights

CREDHOS President Iván Madero to visit Canada in November

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS to look at impact of oil industry on rivers

PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS to find grave site

CREDHOS opposes fracking, seeks to protect freshwater

Dr. Yésid Blanco and the struggle for environmental justice and the right to water in Colombia

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