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Advocacy2021-02-10T02:21:16-04:00

Advocacy

BTS undertakes advocacy efforts in solidarity with our partners in Guatemala. We recognize that injustice in the north and south are linked, and these struggles are inextricably connected. As a network based in Canada, a key focus of our work is geared towards holding the Canadian government and corporations accountable.

BTS advocacy work includes activities such as:

  • urgent actions, sign-on letters, MP meetings  
  • meeting with the Canadian Embassy, keeping them abreast of human rights issues in Guatemala and expressing our concerns 
  • working collaboratively with other organizations and members of coalitions based in Canada, Guatemala and globally
  • organizing delegations to Guatemala and raising awareness within our own communities including speaking tours in the Maritimes by community leaders from Guatemala
  • keeping the BTS network informed of issues of concern to our partners through our monthly newsletter, network call-ins and social media 
  • supporting and amplifying our partners’ work

Latest actions

APG Letter to Minister Garneau: Concern Regarding Undermining of Human Rights Ombudsman in Guatemala

February 17, 2021 The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa, On K1A 0A2 Dear Minister Garneau: We write you on behalf of the Americas Policy Group (APG) to express our concern regarding efforts of the government of Guatemala to undermine the [...]

February 17th, 2021|Categories: Signed Letters, Truth, justice & impunity|Tags: , , |

Open letter: 190+ organizations call for investigation following assassination attempt against Xinca community leader

January 21, 2021 TO: María Consuelo Porras, Attorney General, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Guatemala; Augusto Jordán Rodas Hernández, Ombudsman, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Guatemala; Sean McAleer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Guatemala, Pan American Silver; Michael Steinmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pan American Silver; Ross [...]

TAKE ACTION: Canada must provide promised powers to Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

In January 2018, the government announced that it would create an independent office with the power to investigate. Instead, on April 8, 2019, it unveiled a powerless advisory post, little different from what has already existed for years. The Government of Canada failed to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible [...]

January 18th, 2021|Categories: General blog, Urgent Actions|Tags: , , , , |
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