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Archive for 'Economic Violence'

Don’t trade away human rights

Alex Neve: Colombia’s president should be asked some hard questions about human rights in Ottawa this week

50 days of protest and one massacre in the Peruvian Amazon

Ben Powless: I’m writing this right now from Peru after having taken part in a 5 day Indigenous Peoples Summit held in Puno, Peru in the high Andes. At that gathering we heard from representatives, including Alberto Pizango, elected representative of the Peruvian Amazonian peoples, about the ongoing protests they were waging, and the repression [...]

Oppose free trade repression in Peru

Reuters reports today that, “Protesters (in Peru) said 30 of their own died and the government said 22 members of their security forces perished in two days of clashes (in the Amazon jungle) over (President Alan) Garcia’s drive to bring foreign companies to the rainforest to open mines and drill for oil. The bloodshed has [...]

Up to 36 reported killed in Amazon land protest

Indians protesting government moves to develop oil, gas and other resources on their lands battled police in Peru’s Amazon on Friday, with authorities and Indian leaders separately reporting 11 police and 25 protesters deaths.

Scores killed in Peru land clashes

At least 30 people have died in the Peruvian Amazon during clashes between police and indigenous groups protesting against oil and gas exploration on ancestral lands.

Colombia deal halted – for now – as Canadians rally against it

Human rights situation in Colombia “is truly alarming today” – daughter of murdered trade unionist.

Canada-Colombia: Trade deal moving towards implementation despite human rights concerns

Over the next few weeks, MPs have the opportunity to ask questions in Parliament about the Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement. After that, there will be a vote on the law needed to put the deal into force. So it is very important to make sure your MP is aware of the human rights crisis [...]

MiningWatch Appeals to U.N. over Human Rights Abuses Related to Barrick Mine in Papua New Guinea

MiningWatch Canada has sent an Urgent Appeal to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs regarding human rights abuses near Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea. On April 18, 2009, more than 200 troops including four mobile units, an air tactical unit, and intelligence officials from the PNG Defence Force were deployed [...]

Police Raid Communities around Trinidad Mine

Early on the morning of May 6, a helicopter was spotted flying low near the Canadian-owned Trinidad Mine in San José del Progreso, Mexico. In the hours following, approximately 150 trucks filled with between 740 and 2,500 police arrived at the mine site. The silver mine has been peacefully blockaded by community members since March [...]

Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold

Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands. According to Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer of the Akali Tange Association, a human rights organization in Papua [...]