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Peace, Business and Human Rights in Colombia
January 22 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace, business and human rights in Colombia
When: Tuesday January 22 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall 2098, 100 St. George Street (south of Harbord St)
Colombian human rights defender Francisco Ramirez, the subject of Amnesty International Urgent Actions amid threats and attacks in years past, is visiting Canada. He will be giving a public talk in Toronto on the current worrying situation for peace and human rights under the government of President Duque, including concerns related to resource extraction and Canadian mining investment.
Francisco Ramirez works with Corporación Trabajadores por la Tierra, a grassroots human rights organization that provides legal and psychosocial accompaniment to the victims of paramilitary violence in the resource-rich departments of El Cesar and La Guajira, where thousands have been killed or forcibly displaced. Prior to this, Francisco was the human rights officer for the Federation of Mining and Energy Workers of Colombia (Funtraenergética) and has been part of the legal department of the CUT, Colombia’s main trade union federation.
Francisco is taking part in a tour to Canada that will bring him to Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal to discuss human rights and the impacts of Canadian mining in Colombia, among other themes.