Pacific Rubiales Energy, the most powerful Canadian Company in Colombia, is now acting under the name Alange Energy Corp and it intends to break ground on the COR-33 project in Colombia’s páramo de Sumapaz. It is important to mention that Pacific Rubiales is receiving support from the Canadian government. In 2014 alone, the company was granted close to 50 million dollars.
In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s new “Americas Policy”, through which Canada would build trade ties with governments that shared Canada’s values of “democracy, human rights, rule-of-law and good governance”. The Canadian government then announced negotiations for a free trade and investment deal with Colombia, the country with the worst human rights record in the hemisphere. This report, "Colombia in the Shadow of Human Right Abuses", and its accompanying fact sheets paint a different picture from the Canadian government narrative that trade is the best way to improve Colombia’s human rights record.
The People’s Congress sees the just action of the 44 Criminal Circuit Judge of Bogotá that granted the freedom of the social activists detained 66 days ago, as a triumph of the social and popular movement.
The Caravan travelled through many Colombian regions and met different communities, groups and individuals affected by the armed and social conflict in Colombia to show solidarity with the groups in resistance. The caravan focused on four main issues, urban, rural, mining and energy, and prisons.