Blog

Recent reports on Colombia

Trade union rights, forced disappearances and the para-political scandal

In February and March of this year, CoDev was pleased to host Colombian human rights partner, Berenice Celeyta of NOMADESC. Her visit included time in Ottawa, Vancouver and Regina meeting with union leaders and activists, government officials, MPs and other interested Canadians. In Berenice’s presentations to Canadians she spoke about the new government of President Juan Manuel Santos who became President in August 2010. She said that although his discourse was nicer sounding than that of his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe who was infamous for calling people terrorists or guerrilla sympathizers, most Colombians see that little has changed with this new government.

She reminded Canadians that it is important to remember that Juan Manuel Santos was Defence Minister under the Uribe regime during a time when human rights violations, including the abhorrent practice of (more…)

Peru Elects a New President

What does Ollanta Humala’s victory mean to Peruvian Educators and Education?

The election June 5th of centre-left presidential candidate Ollanta Humala of the Peruvian National Party could signify important changes for CoDev’s partner, the Peruvian Education Workers’ Union (SUTEP) and for public education in the Andean country.

During the 1990 – 2000 dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori, SUTEP lost its legal status and numerous teacher activists were imprisoned. In the decade since the fall of Fujimori, elected neoliberal presidents continued the assault against the teachers’ union. The offensive reached its height in 2007 when (more…)

Zelaya’s Return

What does it mean for Hondurans?

Honduras MuralTwo years after the 2009 coup against his presidency, Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras on Saturday (May 28th), to a crowd of thousands. While the Resistance is not declaring victory, they recognize the agreement offers a possible opening for reforming the constitution which was the original proposal and remains a demand from the resistance front.

CoDev’s partners are (more…)

Young Worker’s Delegation 2011

Sign Up for CoDev’s Young Worker’s Delegation to Honduras and El Salvador! Nov 30th- Dec 9th, 2011

(more…)

Looking ahead to Guatemala’s elections

Presidential elections are scheduled for September 11, 2011 in Guatemala. For the first time in a decade the Guatemalan left is entering the election campaign united. The Alternative for a New Nation (ANN) and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG), both parties coming out of the former rebel movement (and in which many of our friends in the CCDA are active), have allied with the New Republic Movement (MNR), a new left party comprised mainly of younger activists who came out of the student movement of the 1990s, to create  the Frente Amplio, (Broad Front). While it has not yet formally joined, (more…)