Americas Policy Group

APG brings together approximately 40 Canadian NGOs focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas.

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Americas Policy Group

The Americas Policy Group (APG) is a Canadian civil society policy group focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas. It brings together approximately 40 international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, research institutions, church and solidarity groups. The APG is financially supported by its member organizations, CCIC, and the Canadian Partnership Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Select one of the categories on the left, or visit our Archives section for past documentation.

Introduction to the Americas Policy Group (APG)

Working Group Value-Added Statement (PDF)


Letter to Minister Dion - Americas Policy Group expresses its deep concern regarding the situation in Colombia - June 3, 2016 (PDF)


Recent Publications

Submission to Global Affairs Canada – International Assistance Review (July 14, 2016) - (PDF)

Canada's Role in the Americas 

Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia, April 14-15, 2012

Canada Should Seek a Greater Role beyond Trade in the Americas
- Article by Jim Hodgson and Tara Ward in Development Unplugged blog, Huffington Post Canada (April 29, 2015)

Canada's regional Americas strategy at a crossroads - Op Ed by By Beatriz Gonzalez, Rachel Warden,Julia Sánchez (April 2012)

Briefing Note: Democratic Governance
(April 12, 2012) (433 kb)

Briefing Note: Mining (April 12, 2012) (443 kb)

Briefing Note: Security (April 12, 2012) (351 kb)

Briefing Note: Trade (April 12, 2012) (434 kb)


Statement of the Americas Policy Group – What Role for Canada in the Americas? (April 15, 2009) (PDF 80 Kb)

The 5th Summit of the Americas: Time for a Grand Gesture? – Op-ed by Gerry Barr (April 8, 2009 – Embassy)


Human Rights and Democratic Development

The Colombia Working Group Welcomes Steps Towards Peace Agreement in Colombia (October 1, 2015)

Letter to Minister Nicholson on renewal of mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala
(April 21, 2015)

Letter to Senator MacDonald on Colombia
(February 3, 2015)

Three Amigos summit delay a missed opportunity (January 28, 2015)
Op Ed in Embassy

Letter to Minister Baird on 43 disappeared students in Mexico.
(December 17, 2014)

Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement: Another example of our country’s poor record on trade and human rights.
Open letter published in Embassy (July 9, 2014)

Letter to Ambassador Savage Regarding Threats to Human Rights Accompaniers in Guatemala, Canadian Ambassador in Guatemala (June 24, 2014)

Canada must call for dialogue amid unrest in Venezuela. Open letter published in Embassy (March 26, 2014)

Guatemala: Canada must break its silence. Open letter published in Embassy (January 10, 2014). Long version of the letter here. Version espanol disponible aqui.

Trade at the Expense of Human Rights?
Open letter published in iPolitics (November 6, 2013)

Why Is Canada Friendly with Repressive Honduran Regime? Op Ed published in Embassy Magazine (May 22, 2013)

Letter to Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy regarding security and human rights issues in Guatemala (12 October 2012)

Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas (CODEMUH) presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras - in Spanish only (March 9, 2011)

Honduran Centre for the Promotion of Community Development presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras (March 9, 2011)

Plataforma de Derechos Humanos Truth Commission presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras (March 9, 2011)

Amnesty International Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras, (March 9, 2011).

Read the Hansard Record of the March 9, 2011 Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Hearing on Honduras

Honduras: Democracy Denied - Para la versión español de este documento entra aquí. (Spanish version)
The report takes a critical look at the coup in Honduras, key issues for democracy and human rights, and Canada’s role. Specifically, the report reviews Canadian diplomatic efforts during the crisis, as well as the role of Canadian investors and businesses operating in the country prior to and during the coup. The report also makes a number of recommendations to facilitate a return to a strengthened constitutional order, respecting the human rights and development needs of Honduran citizens. (April 2010) (PD 238 Kb) (Executive Summary, PDF 75 Kb)

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the coup d'état in Honduras (July 22, 2009) (PDF 72 Kb) (Spanish version

Letter to Minister Peter Kent on the murder of Salvadoran human rights defender and community activist Marcelo Rivera (July 22,  2009) (PDF 81 Kb) (Spanish version)

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding the recent violence and human rights violations in the Amazonas Region of Peru (June 15, 2009) (PDF 54Kb)

Americas Policy Group Welcomes the Release of Colombian Hostages (July 4, 2008)

Letter to the Honourable Maxime Bernier on the recent attacks against NGOs, unions and human rights defenders in Colombia (April 10, 2008) (PDF 23 Kb)


Human rights and trade 

Colombia in the shadow of human rights abuses (July 2015)
A report from the Colombia Working Group

Fact Sheet 1: Repression and Human Rights Violations in Colombia (July 2015)

Fact Sheet 2: Labour Rights in Colombia: A Story of Violence (July 2015)

Fact Sheet 3: Land and Restitution (July 2015)

Canadian report on human rights and free trade with Colombia flawed from the get go
(June 16, 2014)

Honduran human rights leader to visit Ottawa and urge MPs to put human rights first (April 3, 2014)

Ottawa falling short on key provision of free-trade deal
- Article in the Globe and Mail (March 29, 2014)

Press release:
Canada/Colombia Free Trade Deal: Meaningless Consultation Process Sells Human Rights Short (March 24, 2014)

Another non-report on human rights and trade with Colombia
- Op Ed in Embassy (June 26, 2013)

Conservatives reneged on agreement to study impact of free trade on human rights in Colombia- Article in the Globe and Mail (June 2013)

Analysis of the Canadian Government’s First Human Rights Report on the Canada-Colmbia FTA - briefing note (May 2012)

First Colombian trade deal human rights report is a disappointment - Op-ed by Brittany Lambert and Raul Burbano (May 2012)

UN Human Rights Expert Puts Spotlight Back on Controversial Canada-Colombia FTA - media release (May 2012)

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Human Rights Impact Report - briefing note (May 2012).

Human rights accountability in trade with Colombia - Op-ed by Gauri Sreenivasan (August 2011 - Embassy)

CCIC Briefing Note: Key Benchmarks for a Human Rights Impact Assessment for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (June 2009) (PDF 69 Kb)

Making a Bad Situation Worse: An Analysis of the Text of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement – While trade can support development and the realization of human rights, the authors find that neither the political conditions in Colombia, nor the terms of this FTA meet the criteria that would allow that to happen. (in Spanish)  (March 26, 2009) (PDF 934 Kb)

Conducting a Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement:  Key Issues (February 2009) (PDF 101 Kb)

Colombian Visitors Oppose Trade Deal With Canada – Canadian Press article (February 10, 2009 - Toronto Star) (PDF 29 Kb)

Signing Free Trade Pact With Colombia Presents Grave Human Rights Concerns
 – Joint Statement: AI and CCIC (November 24, 2008) (PDF 29 Kb)

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