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Where will you stand on the Canada-Colombia FTA

30 September 2009

I spent a good part of the other week watching the performances of Liberals and Conservatives in the Canadian House of Commons as they debated Bill C-23, implementing legislation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). With a looming election, one might have expected some attempt to meaningfully distinguish the parties from one another, even on an issue as contentious as supporting a regime engaged in genocide against its own people..

Informative Bulletin MOVICE No.7 February 2009

1 May 2009

The National Movement for Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) brings together victims of crimes of the state, defining victims as Colombian men and women affected by state violence. It is estimated that since the 1980s the Colombian state has been directly or indirectly responsible for around 70,000 deaths and disappearances. In its quest for Truth, Justice and Integrated Reparation MOVICE itself has suffered continued political persecution.

Canada's Deadly Trade Deals

26 April 2009

An interview with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program of the International Relations Center

One of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first major foreign visits after being elected in 2006 to his first minority government was to Latin America and the Caribbean. The trip aimed to promote a Canadian foreign policy focused on establishing "new partnerships in the Americas."

Militarized mining tramples ancestral rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in the Chocó

15 February 2009

The Chocó is a biogeographical region that forms part of the neotropics (meaning that it contains the largest area of tropical rainforest). Its high rainfall levels, tropical temperatures and isolation have helped make it one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions as well. In Colombia it encompasses the Pacific Coast region and, among others, the department of Chocó, located between the jungles of Darién and the basins of the Atrato and San Juan Rivers.

Big gold mining interests are destroying Marmato

26 January 2009

The following article by Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo, translated by dear friends of La Chiva, describes the consequence of Canadian mining investment in Colombia (though it could be of any nationality, in any other country).

Oil palm grows by the force of violence

28 July 2008

Since the beginning of the decade, all the areas of expansion of oil palm plantations have coincided geographically with areas of paramilitary presence and expansion, to the extent that some of the new plantations being developed have been financed as farming projects for the same demobilised paramilitary from the AUC (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia – United Self-Defence Force of Colombia) who had previously made incursions into these very areas.

People's Permanent Tribunal Colombia Session :Transnational corporations and crimes against humanity

21 July 2008

Background of Peoples' Tribunal:

The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal is an international independent tribunal that examines and judges complaints regarding violations of human rights that have been submitted by the victims. The Tribunal was founded in June 1979 in Italy by legal experts, writers and other intellectuals. It followed the Bertrand Russell International War Crimes Tribunal, which held two sessions in 1967 to expose war crimes committed against the Vietnamese people.