Amazonian indigenous peoples commemorate the anniversary of the Bagua Grande massacre in 2016.
The Just Film Festival, a joint production of CoDevelopment Canada, Amnesty International and Village Vancouver, takes place this Year from March 30 – April 1, at Van City Theatre (11 81 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC). Don’t miss the Friday night showing that features key films on Latin America.
Burden of Peace’ (7:10, March 31) tells the story of Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala first female Attorney General. A long-time human rights activist, Paz y Paz takes on both human rights abusers and organized crime – some deep within the Guatemalan state itself – and shows that where political will exists, progress can be made in curbing violence and corruption.
When two Worlds Collide (9:10, March 31) covers events leading to the 2009 Bagua Grande massacre in the Peruvian Amazon and its aftermath: a tale of Amazonian peoples’ resistance to free trade agreements that open their territories to exploitation by transnational oil companies.
Visit the Just Film website, for the full festival schedule and other information
Effects of ongoing oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon.
Take action today to call on the Canadian government to ensure communities affected by Canadian oil, mineral and gas corporations have access to justice. Write your MP and the Minister of International Trade to let them know you want Canada to be a leader in protecting human and environmental rights by creating an independent human rights Ombudsperson.
For too long Canada’s extractive industry has not been held accountable for its actions overseas. Human rights violations by Canadian mining corporations are widespread and well-documented. Canada needs an independent human rights Ombudsperson with full investigatory powers and the ability to make recommendations for remedies.
Almost 10 years ago, industry and civil society leaders recommended creating an independent human rights Ombudsperson to address serious violations of human rights or environmental damage. The Canadian Network for Corporate Responsibility recently proposed draft legislation to create just such an office. During the 2015 election, most parties, including the Liberal party, committed to creating an independent ombudsperson’s office. Such an office is long overdue.
As it stands, the offices in Canada responsible for overseeing corporate social responsibility (the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor and the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines) lack independence, investigatory powers, and are not mandated to make recommendations for remedies. Communities whose human rights have been violated by Canadian corporations operating in their territory deserve more. It’s time the Government of Canada to take action and make Canada Open for Justice.
Building Partnerships for Global Justice
CoDevelopment Canada is a B.C.-based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas. Founded in 1985 by a group of activists who wanted to go beyond financial aid, CoDev builds partnerships between like-minded organizations in Canada and Latin America to foster learning, social change, and community empowerment. These partnerships educate Canadians about Latin America and allow them to directly support the region. Such connections build solidarity, mutual understanding and ultimately improve prospects for a fairer global order.