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Haiti : "We can be proud of what has been achieved so far."

January 14, 2013
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Interview with Jean-Claude Jean, manager of the Development and Peace office in Haiti. He is responsible for overseeing the reconstruction program and monitoring projects.

Three years after the earthquake, what is the situation in Haiti? Can we consider that the emergency is definitively behind us?

If we look around today, we can see that things have changed in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince, even if it is as simple as the absence in the streets of the tons of rubble and debris left behind by the earthquake.

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In Mali, hundreds of thousands of people threatened by clashes

January 16, 2013
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Newly arrived Malian refugees in Niger wait for registration and for their first food rations. Photo: Ryan Worms/Caritas Internationalis

The French military intervention currently taking place in Mali has been making headlines. Although supported by the vast majority of Malians, it also carries with it the risk of worsening the humanitarian situation for the population, especially for those in the North. The 200,000 people still living in this area are now even more affected by the state of emergency, as declared by President Dioncounda Traoré. "I fear for the people of the North today. We know that this population is in a very precarious situation.

Bolivia becomes the fourth state to Ratify New International Treaty on Domestic Workers

December 5, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Most of Bolivia’s domestic workers who stand to gain from the new treaty are indigenous women.

Bolivia became the fourth state on November 20 to formally ratify the new Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Adopted by the ILO on 16 June 2011, the passage of Convention 189 has been celebrated by workers around the world as they expect the landmark measure to change the lives of at least 100 million workers globally.

The National Federation of Domestic Workers in Bolivia is making gains in rights and dignity

October 19, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

These women have come a long way - both literally and metaphorically! Nineteen- year old Diana Garcia, member of the executive board of the National Federation of Domestic workers (FENATRAHOB), came from a life of domestic servitude that started when she was only 12 years old in Pando, one of the remotest reaches of Bolivia. Today, Diana is studying law at the University of Bolivia.

Celebrating a lifetime of social justice

October 18, 2012
by 
Anne Catherine Kennedy, Program Officer for Brazil and Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

On October 20th, Development and Peace’s partner organization the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT) in Brazil will be paying homage to Dom Tomás Balduino, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in December.

La première ministre du Québec rencontre Caritas Congo

October 12, 2012
by 
Josianne Gauthier, Directrice adjointe

Aujourd’hui, à 10h40 heure de Kinshasa, en République démocratique du Congo, la première ministre du Québec, Madame Pauline Marois annonçait une contribution de 50,000$ à l’organisme Développement et Paix et son partenaire Caritas Congo.

Cerro de Pasco: A community being swallowed by a mine

October 12, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Polluted water in Cerro de Pasco caused by local mine

A sign at the entrance of the town of Cerro de Pasco reads, “Welcome to Cerro de Pasco, the highest city in the world.”

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D&P partner named to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

October 12, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Archbishop Barreto

Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, Archbishop of Huancayo in Peru, has been nominated by the Pope to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace at the Vatican. Archbishop Barreto is the President of the Department of Justice and Solidarity of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) and Vice-President of the Bishops' Social Action Commission (CEAS), an organization supported by Development and Peace.

Seeing firsthand the effects of mining in Peru

October 11, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

The road from Lima to Huancayo, in the central Highlands of Peru, is a dusty and graffiti-streaked highway that climbs, at first slowly, out of a grey, mist-shrouded Lima. It is flanked by settlements of poor neighbourhoods, where pastel-coloured ramshackle houses are precariously perched on the mountainside, looking down on to a four-lane highway.

Many communities affected by mining in Peru

October 5, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

Yesterday, I flew to South America to attend a workshop that is being organized by CIDSE, and the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA), along with a number of Latin American civil society organizations, on how transnational corporations can be more vigilant with respect to human rights – i.e. take steps to ensure that their operations do not lead to human rights violations and damage to local communities.