Land, Trade & Democracy

Claudia Lopez

CoDev & the Connective Project are excited to invite you to join us on September 21 & 22, 2012 to a dialogue about the Colombian conflict, Canada-Colombia relations and our role as Canadians.

The conference will bring local Colombians and Canadians together to (more…)

It doesn’t happen often…

We very rarely have announcements to make about staff changes at CoDev. This is partly because working here is an incredible and rewarding experience but also because we are such a small staff team which makes turnover unusual. Summer 2012 is bringing us a series of changes!  (more…)

“Technical Coup” in Paraguay

In what is being described as a “technical coup”, the Paraguayan senate deposed progressive president Fernando Lugo, after a five hour show trial on June 22nd.

The hastily arranged impeachment procedures were initiated following an armed clash last week between campesinos  fighting for land rights with police, which left at least 17 dead, including seven police officers. The land in dispute was widely seen to be


Opponent of Vancouver Mining Transnational Gunned Down in Guatemala

On June 13th, 2012, after a month of receiving death threats regarding her opposition to a mine in her community, Yolanda Oquely Veliz, 33, was shot three times last night by gunmen on a motorcycle as she left a community roadblock near the entrance to Vancouver-based Radius Gold Inc.’s El Tambor gold mine in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. She is currently in stable, but serious condition. (more…)

Canada’s first report on Human Rights Impact of Colombia Trade Agreement falls short

On May 15 the Canadian government tabled its first legally mandated report on the impact of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) on human rights in Parliament. Rather than reviewing and commenting on human rights, the report outlines the methodology that will be used to deliver a report in one year’s time. The report, in fact, is devoid of any detail regarding human rights in Colombia, (more…)