• Annual General Meeting

    Join us Wednesday, September 11th for our 2019 Annual General Meeting, meet our staff, and learn about the successes and challenges facing our partners in Latin America.

    Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm (doors at 6:15)
    Maritime Labour Centre
    1880 Triumph Street [map] (more…)

  • Canadians across the country call for an end to killings of Colombian rights workers

    In Colombia almost 700 rights defenders and over 135 former FARC members have been assassinated since January 2016. Those killed include community leaders, teachers, trade unionists, representatives of victims and survivors groups, and water and forest defenders.
    On July 26, 2019 CoDev and our Canadian partners joined thousands around the world to draw attention to the wave of violence against Colombian social leaders, and to call for an end to it.
    CoDev shares this video of some of the actions that took place across Canada to honour the invaluable work that social leaders and human rights defenders do for life and peace in Colombia.

  • CoDevelopment Canada in Solidarity with Colombian Rights Defenders and Social Leaders

    Vancouver, Canada, July 26, 2019. CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) stands in solidarity with our Colombian partners and the many human rights and social organizations mobilizing today to demand an end to the systematic killing of social leaders and human right defenders and the undermining of the 2016 peace accords.
    The number of social leaders assassinated has increased every year since the Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC). Between January 2016 and May 2019, 681 community leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated , as well as 135 former guerrillas. Hundreds more are under threat or are politically persecuted.
    The majority of these crimes take place in territories where indigenous and afro-Colombian communities resist state-supported displacement for mining and oil projects and the expansion of agro-industries, as well as the illegal drug trade. Those killed played important roles defending their communities’ territorial rights, denouncing government corruption, or opposing illegal armed groups and illegal economies. They include community leaders involved in land restitution processes, teachers, trade unionists, representatives of victims and survivors’ groups, and water and forest defenders.
    The Final Peace Accords were signed in November 2016, but President Ivan Duque’s

    CoDev staff express solidarity with Colombian human rights activists

    administration has resisted their full implementation, attempting to dismantle the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a transitional system to guarantee justice for the victims of mass atrocities and other human rights violations. Under Duque, Colombia has become even more militarized, with the increased use of soldiers to surveil social leaders and communities, and a suspension of the peace process between the government and the National Liberation Army (ELN, Colombia’s other guerrilla movement).
    CoDev, joins human rights and social movements in Colombia and around the world to call on Colombian authorities to:
    – Protect the life and integrity of social leaders and human rights defenders, and investigate and bring to justice those responsible for their killings.
    – Respect and fully implement the 2016 Peace Accords, including the Special Jurisdiction for Peace to guarantee the right to Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-repetition.
    From Canada, we send our support and our commitment to continue to accompany our Colombian partners in their struggle to defend the human, social and environmental rights of their communities, and to call our own government to denounce the human rights violations in Colombia and support the full implementation of the 2016 Peace Accords.

    1. INDEPAZ (Institute for Development and Peace), http://www.indepaz.org.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SEPARATA-DE-ACTUALIZACIÓN-Informe-Todas-las-voces-todos-los-rostros.-30-Abril-de-2019.pdf

  • CoDev on the Crisis in Nicaragua

    Since the terrible crisis that has wracked Nicaragua since mid-April first erupted, CoDev, fearful of taking actions that could exacerbate divisions or abet US destabilization in the region, has restricted ourselves to simply posting information from our Nicaraguan partners. (more…)

  • Disaster Capitalism: Hurricane Maria & Puerto Rico’s Schools

    To learn more about the role of the teachers federation and other Puerto Rican unions’ role in community–based recovery: http://bit.ly/2Ardg7k

    I just got off the phone with Sofia Feliciano in Puerto Rico. She told me that her father had been arrested yesterday. (more…)

Annual General Meeting

Join us Wednesday, September 11th for our 2019 Annual General Meeting, meet our staff, and learn about the successes and challenges facing our partners in Latin America.

Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm (doors at 6:15)
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street [map] (more…)

Canadians across the country call for an end to killings of Colombian rights workers

March in support of Colombian social leaders, Toronto, July 26, 2019

In Colombia almost 700 rights defenders and over 135 former FARC members have been assassinated since January 2016. Those killed include community leaders, teachers, trade unionists, representatives of victims and survivors groups, and water and forest defenders.
On July 26, 2019 CoDev and our Canadian partners joined thousands around the world to draw attention to the wave of violence against Colombian social leaders, and to call for an end to it.
CoDev shares this video of some of the actions that took place across Canada to honour the invaluable work that social leaders and human rights defenders do for life and peace in Colombia.

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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.

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