APG Annual Report 2018-2019

APG Annual Report 2018-2019

APG 2018-2019 Annual Report

 

It has been an amazing year for the Americas Policy Group (APG) and its members. As such, we are proud to present the APG 2018-2019 Annual Report highlighting the work of its 29 members. It includes the group’s main activities, list of members and financial report.

 

Among all the milestones that we have reached, we can highlight the following collective work of the APG:

 

Government relations & policy advocacy:

  • Ongoing monitoring, policy recommendations and advocacy for sustainable development, human rights and social justice in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia and Haiti;
  • Held eight (8) consultation and briefing meetings with Global Affairs Canada’s Americas Branch and its North America, Central America, Latin America & Caribbean Bureaux;
  • Held four (4) briefing meetings with diplomatic representatives from Canadian missions in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru & Bolivia while in Canada;
  • Guatemala: sent a letter of concerns to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the alarming government’s withdrawal of the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and on the disturbing escalation of assassination of land and human rights defenders;
  • Honduras: denounced the situation of prisoners and human rights crisis in Honduras;
  • Mexico: participated in consultation with Global Affairs Canada’s North America Strategy Bureau regarding the “Canada-Mexico Human Rights Bilateral Dialogue” for the upcoming 3rd edition to be held in Ottawa in 2019. Recommendations include proposals to increase Mexican CSOs participation in the process. Click here to read the APG 2019 recommendations;
  • Colombia: engaged with Global Affairs Canada’s South American bureau and strongly recommended for the reform of the “Canada-Colombia FTA Human Rights Report” ;
  • Haiti: participated with AQOCI on a regional forum on Haiti to enhance greater coordination with the APG on policy and advocacy. Held an introduction meeting with GAC’s Haiti division;
  • Facilitated the APG perspective to Global Affairs Canada ongoing consultation on its “Voices at Risk –Canada’s Guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders”.

Parliamentary relations

  • Hosted a roundtable with Members of Parliament of the Canadian section of ParlAmericas and Women land defenders resisting extractivism in Latin America.
  • APG co-chair, Steve Stewart, testified at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration as an expert witness on migration in Latin America. Listen testimony here or Read transcript here.

Member-led Annual Meeting & Activities

  • Held its general meeting in Montreal, attended by 35 participants from 25 organizations;
  • Launched a new subgroup on Haiti;
  • Supported the launch of the training manual “Implementing a Human Rights Based Approach” with CCIC and Equitas.

Sector-wide campaign

 

Click here to download the APG 2018-2019 Annual Report.

 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement!

 

CCIC Regional Working Group Coordination Team.

ACF Annual Report 2018-2019

ACF Annual Report 2018-2019

It has been an amazing year for the Africa-Canada Forum and its members. As such, we are proud to present the ACF 2018-2019 Annual Report highlighting the work of its 42 members. It includes the group’s main activities, list of members and financial report.

 

Among all the milestones that we have reached, we can highlight the following collective work of the ACF:

 

Academics Collaborations & Learning activities:

Member-led Annual Meeting:

  • Organized the Annual General Meeting, with 49 people from 34 organizations. Key presentations focused on the situation of Human Rights defenders, in particular the rise of attacks targeting feminists and LGBTQI+ communities in Africa; and on the challenges in the field and at home of working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

 

Government relations & policy advocacy:

  • Organized the highly successful Joint Dialogue between the Africa-Canada Forum Dialogue and Global Affairs Canada, with the participation of 90 people, including 45 ACF members. The main goal of these exchanges is to create a space where ACF and GAC can discuss and collaborate on issues related to Africa, leveraging expertise on both sides. A joint ACF-GAC report was published following the dialogue. Download the report here.

Sector-wide campaign

 

Click here to download the ACF 2018-2019 Annual Report.

 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement!

CCIC Regional Working Group Coordination Team.

APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report

APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report

 

It has been an amazing year for the Asia-Pacific Working Group and its members. As such, we are proud to present the APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report to its 24 members. It includes the group’s main activities, list of members and financial report. 

Among all the milestones that we have reached, we can highlight the following collective work of APWG:

 

 Academic collaborations & learning activities

  • Launched collaborative research between the APWG-Philippines subgroups and the University of Toronto;
  • Held the documentary screening and panel discussion “Five Years After the Storm: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Practice”, in partnership with Development & Peace, and the CICC-CASID Next Generation Program;
  • In collaboration with the CCIC-CASID Next Gen program, held a joint learning event on “Humanitarian Aid & Development in Palestine”;

 

Government relations & policy advocacy:

  • Ongoing policy recommendations and advocacy regarding the deterioration of human rights in the Philippines and the rise of extra-judicial killings and militarisation of the country;
  • Ongoing discussions with GAC’s Asia-Pacific Branch and its Southeast Asia bureau to determine the framework and themes for the upcoming APWG-GAC Joint Dialogue scheduled for June 25 & 26 2019;

 

Sector-wide campaign

  • Actively supported the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability and the campaign calling for the creation of an independent human rights Ombudsperson for Canada’s international extractive sector.

 

Click here to download the APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report. 

 

Launch of the New Haiti Sub-Group from the Americas Policy Group

 

 

Several members of the Americas Policy Group (APG) have programs or development and humanitarian assistance projects in Haiti, or take part in the solidarity movement with the Haitian people. It is for those reasons that the APG-Haiti subgroup has been created. 

One of CCIC’s main mandates is to create opportunities for networking and to support its members’ representation with government authorities. In that respect, the group’s objective is: 

 to exchange information on sustainable development, social justice issues and protection and promotion of human rights in Haiti, and to organize meetings with Ottawa decision-makers or advocacy actions if there is a consensus over the approach to take within the subgroup.

As such, the subgroup aims to build connections among CCIC, in particular the APG, other networks and coalitions involved with Haiti such as AQOCI and Concertation pour Haïti, and the Government of Canada, mainly Global Affairs Canada.

The new APG-Haiti subgroup’s actions will allow its members to: 

  • Exchange information on sustainable development, social justice issues and the protection of human rights in Haiti thanks to the new mailing list apg-haiti@groups.ccic.ca; 
  • Organize conference calls among APG’s members that work in Haiti and exchange information on a regular basis; 
  • Organize dialogue meetings in partnership with AQOCI and Concertation pour Haïti with Global Affairs Canada and Parliament representatives; 
  • Organize advocacy actions if there is a consensus over the approach to take within the subgroup, all the more considering the subgroup has the role to complement and not to replace our partner networks’ and coalitions’ role. 

For further information, please contact the Regional Working Group Coordination team: Sebastián Vielmasat svielmas@ccic.ca or Laura Avalos at lavalos@ccic.ca. 

APG members mobilized for Human Rights and freedom of prisoners in Honduras

APG members mobilized for Human Rights and freedom of prisoners in Honduras

Ottawa – Feb.21, 2019. The Americas Policy Group has been highly concerned with the human rights crisis unfolding in Honduras and the incarceration of peaceful demonstrators and civil society activists, following the November 26, 2017, election. Since then, APG members have worked on the terrain and in Canada to make a positive impact and stand in solidarity with the people of Honduras.

On February 20, 2019 APG members CUPE Global Justice Fund (Kelti Cameron) and Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund (Louise Casselman), together with APG Officer (Sebastián Vielmas) and Programme Assistant (Laura Ávalos) were present on Parliament Hill to witness the introduction of a petition to the House of Commons calling to  :

  1. Stand by its stated position supporting human rights and rule of law in Honduras;
  2. Urgently intervene in the case of Edwin Espinal, spouse of Karen Spring of Elmvale, arrested January 19, 2018, on trumped-up charges in the wake of popular protests; and
  3. Immediately ensure that the Hernandez government release Espinal and four other political prisoners (Raul Alvarez, Jose Godinez, Edy Gonzalo, Gustavo Cáceres) still held in inhumane maximum-security military prisons in Honduras and drop all charges against 22 political prisoners detained (17 released, 5 remain in prison).

(https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1868)

The petition was sponsored and presented in parliament by Conservative Member of Parliament for Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte, Alexander Nuttell Janet Spring (mother of Karen Spring) and Christine Nugent from the Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor initiated this petition and were also in Ottawa to witness the tabling of the petition in the House of Commons.

In 2018, APG member Amnesty Canada published a detailed  report “Protest Prohibited” (only in English), documenting human rights violations following the crackdown after the 2017 election. Amnesty has also prepared a call to action: Keep hope alive for Edwin Espinal and Raul Alvarez, imprisoned unjustly in Honduras.

Honduras is one of the world’s most violent[1] and unequal[2] countries. Violence, alongside hardship and poverty compel, each year, thousands of children, women and men to leave Honduras to make the gruelling trek to the United States in search of a better life[3].

At the same time, the state of affairs for human rights defenders continues to be one of extreme risk due to the constant violence, criminalization, and slander they are exposed to, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights mission of August 2018 (IACHR)[4].

 

  

[1] 56.52 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants according to UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s International Homicide Statistics database, the second-highest score in the world (2016)

[2] Honduras is the sixth most unequal country in the world according to the 2016 GINI estimates of the World Bank.

[3] https://theconversation.com/origins-and-implications-of-the-caravan-of-honduran-migrants-106443

[4] http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2018/171.asp

 

 

Watch MP Alex Nuttall’s petition on Human Rights in Honduras & Edwin Espinal to Parliament of Canada

 

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Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca

ACF co-host the panel “Challenging Africa’s Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective”

The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) hosted a workshop entitled “Challenging Africa’s Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective” during CCIC’s Annual Conference in Ottawa on October 19, 2018.

The panel, jointly organized by the Africa Canada Forum (ACF), the CASID-CCIC Next Generation for collaboration and MATCH International Women’s Fund, explored the question of how can we challenge “the single story” narrative of Africa in Canada? What are the implications of the African story as a “miserable and poor” continent for humanitarian action and international solidarity? What are the unseen gender dynamics behind the “single story?”

Tackling these pressing questions were panelists Theo Sowa of the African Women’ Development fund, Gisèle Baraka Bashige, journalist and program officer at Associations des Femmes des Médias (AFEM-RDC), and Ketty Nivyabandi of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Moderating the panel was former Radio-Canada’s correspondent for Africa, Sophie Langlois.

ACF contact

Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca

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