Demand an end to the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia

 

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ESPAÑOL / FRANÇAIS BELOW!


Ask Prime Minister Trudeau to demand the full implementation of the 2016 Peace Accord and condemn the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia:

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrilla in November 2016, but without its full implementation, violence in Colombia has exponentially increased. Up to September 12, 2020, the number of massacres has gone from 11 to 55. In total 1,024 human rights defenders, social and community leaders, environmental advocates, demobilized ex-guerrilla members, Indigenous and Afro-Colombians, and LGBTQ+2S leaders have been victims of targeted killings. Approximately 255 of them were killed in the last year alone. Last week the police killed 13 people during protests against police brutality in different cities of the country.

We ask that Canada as a partner in a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and a promoter of human rights and democracy in the globe, demand the full implementation of the 2016 Peace Accords and mobilize resources to ensure that there are diplomatic efforts to address the human rights violations by the Colombian Government. It is extremely concerning to us that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met with Colombian President Ivan Duque twice this year, however up to date, Mr. Trudeau has not raised these issues in his talks with Mr. Duque or any Colombian Government representatives.

Sign the petition and demand that the Canadian Government:

  • Pressure the Colombian Government to fully implement the 2016 Peace Accord
  • Support the implementation of urgent measures to protect the lives of human rights defenders, community leaders, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, environmental advocates and demobilized ex-guerrilla members
  • Demand an investigation that allows international verification of who are the perpetrators of massacres, community leaders and protesters assassinations.
  • Demand that the Colombian Government take demonstrable and consistent measures to fulfill its obligations to uphold the values of democracy, human rights and transition to civility.

Colombians have the right to be protected against violence and abuse. Sign and share now.

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ESPAÑOL

Pídale al primer ministro Trudeau que exija la plena implementación del Acuerdo de Paz del 2016 y condene las masacres, los asesinatos selectivos y la brutalidad policial en Colombia.

Desde la firma del Acuerdo de Paz entre el Gobierno de Colombia y la guerrilla de las FARC en noviembre de 2016, pero sin su plena implementación, la violencia en Colombia ha aumentado exponencialmente. Hasta el 12 de septiembre de 2020, el número de masacres ha pasado de 11 a 56. En total 1.024 personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes sociales y comunitarios, personas defensoras del medio ambiente, firmantes de la paz desmovilizados, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas y líderes/as LGBTQ2S+, han sido víctimas de asesinatos selectivos. Aproximadamente 255 de ellas fueron asesinadas en lo que va de este año. La semana pasada la policía mató a 13 personas durante las protestas contra la brutalidad policial en diferentes ciudades del país.

Pedimos que Canadá, como socio en un Tratado de Libre Comercio con Colombia, y promotor de los derechos humanos y la democracia en el mundo, exija la plena implementación de los Acuerdos de Paz de 2016 y movilice recursos para asegurar que existan esfuerzos diplomáticos para abordar las violaciones de derechos humanos por parte del gobierno colombiano. Es sumamente preocupante que el primer ministro canadiense Justin Trudeau se haya reunido con el presidente colombiano Ivan Duque dos veces este año; sin embargo, hasta la fecha, el primer ministro Trudeau no ha planteado estos temas en sus conversaciones con el presidente Duque ni con ningún representante del gobierno colombiano.

Por favor firme la petición y exija que el gobierno Canadiense:

  • Presione al gobierno colombiano para que implemente plenamente el Acuerdo de Paz de 2016
  • Apoye la implementación de medidas urgentes para proteger la vida de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes/as comunitarios, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas, personas defensoras del medio ambiente y firmantes de la paz desmovilizados.
  • Exija una investigación que permita la verificación internacional de quienes cometen masacres, asesinatos de líderes/as comunitarias y manifestantes.
  • Exija que el Gobierno colombiano tome medidas demostrables y consistentes para cumplir con sus obligaciones de defender los valores de la democracia, los derechos humanos y la transición a la civilidad.

Las personas en Colombia tienen derecho a estar protegidas contra la violencia y el abuso. Firma y comparte ahora.

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FRANÇAIS


Demander au premier ministre Trudeau d’exiger la pleine mise en œuvre de l’Accord de paix de 2016 et de condamner les massacres, les assassinats ciblés et les brutalitéspolicières en Colombie.

Depuis la signature de l’Accord de paix entre le gouvernement colombien et la guérilla des « FARC » en novembre 2016, mais sans sa pleine mise en œuvre, la violence en Colombie a augmenté de façon exponentielle. Au 12 septembre 2020, le nombre de massacres est passé de 11 à 55. Au total, 1 024 défenseurs des droits de l’homme, des dirigeants sociaux et communautaires, des défenseurs de l’environnement, des ex-guérilleros démobilisés, des dirigeants autochtones, des Afro-Colombiens et des leaders de la communauté LGBTQ2S ont été victimes d’assassinats ciblés. De ces 1 024, 255 sont morts cette année. La semaine dernière, la police a tué 13 personnes lors de manifestations contre la brutalité policière dans plusieurs villes au pays.

Dans ce cadre de violations des droits de l’homme, Il est extrêmement préoccupant pour nous que le premier ministre canadien Justin Trudeau ait rencontré le président colombien Duque deux fois cette année; Cependant, à ce jour, le premier ministre Trudeau n’a pas soulevé ces questions dans ses conversations avec le président Duque ou avec un représentant du gouvernement colombien.

Nous demandons au Canada, en tant que partenaire d’un accord de libre-échange avec la Colombie et promoteur des droits de la personne et de la démocratie, d’exiger la pleine mise en œuvre des accords de paix de 2016 et de mobiliser des ressources pour déployer des efforts diplomatiques contre les violations des droits de l’homme commises par le gouvernement colombien.
Veuillez signer cette pétition et exiger au gouvernement canadien de :

  • Presser le gouvernement colombien de mettre pleinement en œuvre l’Accord de paix de 2016
  • Soutenir la mise en œuvre de mesures urgentes pour protéger la vie des défenseurs des droits de l’homme, des dirigeants communautaires, des communautés autochtones et afro-colombiennes, des défenseurs de l’environnement et des ex-guérilleros démobilisés.
  • Exiger une enquête au niveau international qui permettrait d’identifier les auteurs des massacres, des assassinats de dirigeants communautaires et des manifestants.
  • Exiger au gouvernement colombien des mesures démontrables et cohérentes pour s’acquitter de ses obligations envers les valeurs de la démocratie, des droits de l’homme et de la transition vers la civilité.

Les Colombiens ont le droit d’être protégés contre la violence et les abus. Signez et partagez maintenant.

Canada’s role in Colombia’s humanitarian tragedy

Canadian imperialism grows rampant in Latin America & Colombia

Written by: Luis Alberto Matta

 

Watch complete webinar here!

 

What is the international agenda from Canada in Latin America, and particularly for Colombia? Is Canada just following and compliant with US foreign policy in regards of Latin America? These two, apparently innocent questions, have been floating through my thoughts for some time now. The questions started back from seeing the ultra-conservative Harper government’s policies in Latin America, but continue now seeing the Liberal government’s actions headed by Justin Trudeau.

Only five years ago a thunderous silence from Canada followed the antidemocratic impeachment against Dilma Roussef in Brazil. Nothing has been said that may disturb the abusive “kingdom” of human rights violations run by Sebastian Piñera in Chile. Even worse, Canada has blindly supported the Organization of American States that played a role in the destruction of Bolivia’s democracy, during the former illegal government of Jeannine Ánez, one of the leaders of the coup against Evo Morales. Despite one year of political repression and racism in Bolivia, sadly Canada said nothing.

Instead, Canada has been the unfortunate leader of the Lima Group, a cluster composed by highly questioned presidents such as Piñera, Lenin Moreno from Ecuador, Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil, and Ivan Duque from Colombia, under the coordination of the US “bishop” Luis Almagro, secretary of the OAS, which main goal is to overthrow the legitimate  government of Venezuela. The previous Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, without any shame or blushing was the host of a meeting in Ottawa, whose central objective, at least for some members of the group such as the government of Colombia, was to overthrow the government of Venezuela.

Meanwhile Colombia is bathed in innocent blood. Hundreds of social leaders, teachers, and human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia after the peace agreement between the FARC guerrillas and the previous Colombian government. The leaders of the party supporting the current government publicly and openly promised, as a part of their political campaign towards the presidency they finally won, that they were going to destroy the peace process: “we are going to tear the peace agreement apart”. 230 disarmed FARC members, peace signatories, have been killed since the moment that the peace agreement came into force.

Did Canada voice any concern about the tremendous political violence in in Colombia? You can guess, but the answer is no. Apparently Canada is very busy and focused on Venezuela and Nicaragua, and not by mere chance, in coincidence with USA.

Canada is losing a great opportunity in Latin America. With the lack of prestige of the United States in what they consider “its backyard”, Canada rather than being a leader of democracy, peace and human rights, has become the backup of the US government in its regressive and imperialistic international policies.

In contrast with this unwanted reality, this upcoming November 19th, the CLAA (Canadian Latin America Alliance) and CASA (Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance), are organizing an international online forum that includes the Canadian Member of the Parliament Leah Gazan, the Colombian social leader Charo Mina Rojas, and the Colombian Senator Ivan Cepeda to discuss about the Canada’s role in Colombia’s humanitarian tragedy. I am delighted to invite the readers to connect and register to participate in this forum through claa.ca and to keep an eye in what is Canada doing in Latin America.

Luis Matta is a Colombian writer and human rights activist in exile.

Webinar: https://fb.watch/1Y0WmN3xWG/

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Firma una petición al primer ministro Trudeau para que El exija la plena implementación del Acuerdo de Paz del 2016 y condene las masacres, los asesinatos selectivos y la brutalidad policial en Colombia. En total 1.024 personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes sociales y comunitarios, personas defensoras del medio ambiente, firmantes de la paz desmovilizados, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas y líderes/as LGBTQ2S+, han sido víctimas de asesinatos selectivos.

La peticion se encuentra en tres idiomas inglés, español y francés: Demand an end to the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia

https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/prime_minister_trudeau_demand_an_end_to_the_massacres_targeted_assassinations_and_police_brutality_in_colombia/?zFlJMab 

Protest Assassination Attempt on president Maduro of Venezuela!

Below you can read the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle communiqué that was circulated today at the protest outside the offices of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrysta Freeland (344 Bloor St. at 6 PM) and which will also be sent to the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa.

It is backed by 12 organizations.  We ask you to forward it widely!!
 
Many thanks,
 
Spokespersons for the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle:
Maria Páez Victor, Beatriz Santiago, Alma Weinstein

COMMUNIQUE OF THE LOUIS RIEL BOLIVARIAN CIRCLE

cblouisriel@gmail.com

 

Toronto, 7 August 2018

 

The Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, an independent NGO, founded in 2003, is a circle of friends that seeks to strengthen links of friendship and understanding between Canadian and Venezuelan peoples, and ultimately, all the peoples of Latin America

 

BACKGROUND: On 4 August 2018, two drones armed with 1 kg of the explosive C4, were aimed at the stand where stood the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro and the top members of the cabinet and military forces, as well as many diplomats and visitors. The drones were intercepted by alert security forces, but not before one of them exploded injuring 7 soldiers and the other crashed at the foot of a nearby building.

 

The images of this attack went around the world as it took place in front of numerous TV cameras that were filming live the celebration of the 81st Anniversary of Venezuela’s National Guard, with a large the military parade in formation along one of Caracas’ main streets. All this was televised: it was a clear and stark terrorist attempted murder of an elected president of a democratic country in our Hemisphere.

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrysta Freeland, has brought shame and disgrace to this country by:

  • FAILING TO CONDEM THE TERRORIST ATTACK: She has failed to condemn an attempted, televised, pubic massacre of the top officials of a country with a long tradition of friendship with Canadians.

 

  • FOLLOWING TRUMP DESPITE INSULTS TO CANADA: Despite President Trump’s insult to Prime Minister Trudeau, despite Trump declaring Canada as a security risk and imposing unjust economic tariffs on Canadian trade, Minister Freeland has joined with one of the most disreputable USA presidents in living memory in the political adventure of “regime change” for Venezuela.

 

  • IGNORING USA ABUSE OF LATINO CHILDREN: Despite Minister Freeland’s many statements of “concern” for human rights violations in Venezuela with little or no proof, she has not condemned the blatant abuse of human rights by the USA that has torn Latino children and infants from their parents’ arms and confined them to cages at the US/Mexican border, actions of outright racism.

 

 

Supported by the following organizations:

 

Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre (CAL&C)

Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN)

Venezuelan Solidarity Committee

Socialist Action

Hugo Chávez People’s Defence Front

Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association of Toronto

Canadian Network on Cuba

Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA)

Fightback

Communist Party of Canada

Guatemala Community Network, Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAFTA is fuelling climate change in North America (New Report)

A message from Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

I’m writing to share with you a groundbreaking new report the Council of Canadians released today that exposes how NAFTA is fuelling climate change in North America.

The report, NAFTA 2.0: For People or Polluters?, is a tri-national project from leading Canadian, Mexican and American economists who detail in original research how existing NAFTA provisions bind all three countries to fossil fuel futures, and how current negotiations make the problems worse.

For example, NAFTA’s energy proportionality rules require that Canada make available for export to the U.S. the same percentage of oil and gas as it has in the past three years.

What does that mean for Canada’s climate? The report’s economic modelling shows that NAFTA’s energy proportionality rules would lock in 1,488 megatonnes more greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is double Canada’s yearly emissions and more than 12 times greater than its 2050 climate pollution target.

In his Toronto Star op-ed this morning, Dr. Gordon Laxer – author of the Canadian sections of the report, long-time Board Member of the Council of Canadians, and political economist and founding director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta – expanded on how NAFTA restricts Canada’s ability to lower carbon emissions.

Dr. Laxer adds, “The Trudeau brand is all about progressive sounding, green tinted messages. However, in NAFTA, nothing has been done to address environmentally destructive measures such as energy proportionality or the investor state dispute mechanism. It is scandalous that NAFTA’s proportionality rule locks Canada into perpetual production of climate-polluting tar sands oil and fracked gas. For Canada’s transition to a clean energy economy to begin, this polluter-friendly rule must end.”

More key findings from the report are outlined on our website. And if you haven’t seen it yet, there you can also watch the Council’s helpful video on energy proportionality.

For decades, the Council of Canadians has been arguing that NAFTA erodes our ability to have sovereignty over our energy resources – and we have been proven right.

Now, with the urgency of climate change, our concerns are even more vital today in the context of NAFTA renegotiations.

Thank you again for your continuing support. Together, we will keep fighting for Canada to negotiate a NAFTA that better protects people and the planet.