** PRESS RELEASE** Canada linked to Indigenous murders in Colombia (audio included)

December 7, 2009 at 1:45 am 5 comments

For Immediate Release

Social & Climate Justice Caravan
Canada: Human Rights Hypocrites
7 December 2009

Legislation ratifying a free trade agreement between Canada & Columbia is being passed in the Canadian Parliament. Canadian officials, claim that a free trade agreement with Colombia, will result in an improved human rights situation in Colombia. In recent days in Columbia five indigenous leaders have been murdered for their opposition to the Canadian mining firm Cosigo Resources of Vancouver.

It is objectionable that Canadian transnational companies are complicit in human rights abuses of this magnitude. Canada remains one of two countries that refuse to sign & ratify the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. How can the Canadian government claim that Free trade agreement will improve human rights, when they refuse to acknowledge the importance of Indigenous rights?

Contact:
Olivier de Marcellus 0041793427025 (French English)
Dave Bleakney (Canadian Postal Workers, English), and Jose Goyes (CRIC, Colombia, Spanish), 0032-489281693
Audio interview MP3 28 mins – http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/climate_caravan_radio_-_canada_business_kills_colombian_farmers.mp3

Spanish and French versions below

Para publicación inmediata
Por la justicia social y climatica
Canadá: Hipócritas de los Derechos Humanos

7 Diciembre 2009

En el Parlamento Canadiense esta siendo tratado el acuerdo de libre comercio entre Canadá y Colombia.

Los funcionarios del gobierno canadienses han declarado que el acuerdo de libre comercio con Colombia resultará en el mejoramiento de la situación de derechos humanos en Colombia.

Sin embargo, recientemente han sido asesinados en Colombia cinco lideres indígenas por su oposición a la instalación de la compañía canadiense Cosigo Resources de Vancouver.

Es cuestionable que las Corporaciones Transnacionales Canadienses sean cómplices en violaciones de Derechos Humanos de esta magnitud.

Canadá es uno de los dos países que se niega a firmar y ratificar la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas de los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas.

¿Cómo puede el gobierno canadiense mantener que el acuerdo de libre comercio va a mejorar el respeto de los Derechos Humanos, aún cuando se niegan a reconocer los Derechos Indígenas?

Para más información

Olivier de Marcellus 0041793427025 (Frances, inglés)

Dave Bleakney (Trabajadores del correo canadiense, inglés) y José Goyes (CRIC, Colombia, castellano), 0032-489281693

RADIO – http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/climate_caravan_radio_-_canada_business_kills_colombian_farmers.mp3

Pour publication immediate

Caravane pour le climat et la justice sociale

Canada: l’hypocrisie des Droits de l’Homme

7 Décembre 2009

Le Parlement Canadien est actuellement en discussion sur un accord de libre échange entre le Canada et la Colombie.
Les fonctionnaires du gouvernement canadien ont déclaré que l’accord de libre échange avec la Colombie entrainera une amélioration de la situation des Droits de l’Homme en Colombie.
Néanmoins, cinq dirigeants autochtones viennent d’être assasinés en raison de leur opposition à l’établissement de la multinationale canadienne Cosigo Resources, basée à Vancouver.
La question de la complicité des compagnies multinationales canadiennes dans des violations des Droits de l’Homme de cette ampleur se pose donc très directement.
Le Canada est un des quatre pays qui refuse de signer et ratifier la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones.
Dès lors, comment le gouvernement canadien ose t’ il affirmer qu’un accord de libre échange va améliorer le respect des droits de l’homme, tout en refusant de reconnaitre les droits des peuples autochtones?
Pour plus d’information:
Olivier de Marcellus 0041793427025 (Francais, anglais)
Dave Bleakney (Sindicat des postes canadiennes, anglais) et José Goyes (CRIC, Colombia, espagnol), 0032-489281693
http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/climate_caravan_radio_-_canada_business_kills_colombian_farmers.mp3

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