The killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have dominated headlines and led to accelerated calls for police reform in the United States. State violence to suppress social movements is an international issue. PBI has witnessed police violence and repression used to silence defenders across the world for the past 40 years, a trend which has increased over recent years putting democracies at risk.
In this webinar, we will discuss the issue of police violence featuring defenders from Kenya, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Canada sharing their experiences and analysis. The webinar will raise issues of the disproportionate levels of police violence against Black, Indigenous, and poor peoples, the role that the police play in facilitating the construction of extractive projects that lack Indigenous free, prior, and informed consent, and the violence that comes with the militarization of their operations and the lack of credible oversight and accountability, among other concerns.
DATE: Friday October 30th, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT, Washington, DC time)
5:00 PM (EAT, Nairobi),
4:00 – 6:00 PM (CET, Amsterdam)
MODERATOR: Pat Davis, Advocacy Director, Peace Brigades International
- Faith Kasina: Faith Kasina is the co-convener of the Social Justice Centers Working Group (Uhai Wetu), the co-founder and coordinator of the Kayole Community Justice Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a field assistant with the Peace Brigades International-Kenya Project.
- Colectivo Nicaragua Nunca Mas +: Colectivo de Derechos Humanos Nicaragua Nunca + is a group committed to the full validity of human rights, accompanying the population victim of human rights violations in the processes of truth, justice, reparation and guaramtees of non-repition, through actions, documentation, national and international denunciation, articulation of networks and national and international alliances, use of international mechanisms for the protection of human rights and systematization of information that allow the construction of Nicaraguan historical memory.
- Peaceful Resistance La Puya: The Peaceful Resistance works in the municipalities of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, department of Guatemala. The Resistance has expressed their disagreement with the planned mining project in their municipalities, defending their right to water and a healthy environment. The Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project has accompanied the Resistance of La Puya since November 2012.
- And more will be announced!