Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Dirty Coal Tour

The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, is holding its AGM in London on Thursday 23 October. Colombia Solidarity Campaign is working with London Mining Network (LMN), Coal Action Network, Coal Action Scotland, Down to Earth, War on Want and WDM, and with People and Planet and Fossil Free Universities groups, to host representatives of Colombian communities affected by the company’s part-owned Cerrejon coal mine and Indonesian organisations working to stop BHP Billiton opening an opencast coal mine in the rainforest of Central Kalimantan.

They’ll be attending the company’s AGM to tell shareholders about the destruction of Colombian communities and livelihoods by the Cerrejon mine and the potential impacts of BHP Billiton’s proposed mine in Indonesia. They’ll speak at a public meeting at University College, London, which is sponsored by BHP Billiton. And they’ll be speaking at venues around England and Scotland.

The programme so far is as follows:

Thursday 23 October, 10am-11.30am, demonstration outside BHP Billiton AGM,  The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1.

Thursday 23 October, 7pm-9pm, public meeting, UCL: Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building, Gordon Street, London WC1.

Friday 24 October, Norwich

Sunday 26 October, Mappin Lecture Theatre 2, MAPP-LT02, Sheffield University, 4pm - 6pm.

Monday 27 October, Room ER145, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, DH1 3JT,  7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 28 October, Fine Art lecture hall, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, 7pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 29 October, Glasgow (venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 30 October, 6pm-8pm, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL

Friday 31 October, South Lanarkshire

Monday 3 November, Oxford

For updates to this information, keep an eye on the London Mining Network Dirty Coal Tour



London embassy

5 June, 4pm at 3 Hans Crescent London SW1X 0LN (back of Harrods - Knightsbridge tube)

On World Environment Day, for the last three years, tens of thousands of people, led by the youth, have held Carnivals for Life in Ibagué, which is the nearest city to the La Colosa mining project.

This year there will be similar carnivals and events in other regions, including Tasco (Boyacá), Cucutá (Norte de Santander), and Nariño, as part of the nationwide mobilisation to call for the protection of water and páramos.

Mining projects throughout Colombia pose a major threat to water sources, especially in the high mountain ecosystems known as páramos where plants convert water from clouds into stream sources. Gold processing on an industrial scale threatens water contamination on an industrial scale. Water is life. We say no to gold, yes to life!

A solidarity picket will also be held in Dublin, Ireland at Dáil in Kildare Street, on June 5th at 5pm.


Peace Community of San José de Apartadó report Merciless human brutality

Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

While people speak of peace, tranquillity, development and progress in Urabá, the gunfire does not let up. Yet again our Peace Community finds itself with ethical and moral obligation to record before the country, the world, and history, the new facts of horror, in order to prevent oblivion being complicit in human brutality:


URGENT - Colombian Farmers Protest - Your Help Needed

Colombian small-scale campesino farmers need your help!  They have had a very difficult time recently due to government policies, such as:

  • The signing of Free Trade Agreements with the EU and the US, both of which have heavily subsidised agricultural sectors, meaning that Colombia is being flooded with cheap imports.  It may be hard to believe, but Colombia has now become a coffee importer.
  • Policies to promote large-scale mining projects and hydroelectric dams, meaning that land ownership is being concentrated by foreign multinational companies in what is already one of the most unequal countries in the world.
  • Legislation forcing campesinos to use “certified” genetically modified seeds manufactured by companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta, a threat to food security and sovereignty, and the natural environment, in the second most biodiverse country in the world.

Paro Agrario
Agrarian protest, August 2013.  Photo credit: Utopía la Palabra


Political Statement from the Agrarian Summit: “Sowing dignity, cultivating hope and harvesting a new country”

Cumbre Agraria

Thirty thousand people from all regions of the country attended the Agrarian Summit in Bogotá, from 15 to 17 March, convened by the organizations Mesa de Interlocución Agraria - MIA (Agrarian Dialogue Roundtable), Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March), Coordinador Nacional Agrario - CNA (National Agrarian Coordinator), el Congreso de los Pueblos (the Peoples’ Congress), el Proceso de Comunidades Negras - PCN (the Afro Communities Process), la Mesa de Unidad Agraria - MUA (Land Unity Roundtable), la Coalición de Movimientos y Organizaciones Sociales de Colombia - COMOSOC (the Coalition of Social Movements and Organizations of Colombia), la Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia - ONIC (the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia), el Movimiento por la Constituyente Popular - MCP (Movement for the Popular Constituent Assembly), Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, FENSUAGRO (United Agricultural Trade Union Federation), Asociación nacional de Zonas de Reserva Campesina – ANZORC (National Association of Campesino Reserves) and Asociación Campesina Popular (Popular Campesino Association).


Colombia Solidarity Campaign Launches Report "LA COLOSA: A Death Foretold"

Alternative Report on the controversial gold mining project in Colombia
Press Release // London // 8 December 2013

Si a la Vida

Demonstration in  Ibagué - Tolima. June 2013. The sign reads: "Yes to Life, No to the Mine". Photo credit: Viviana Sánchez.

London-based human rights organisation Colombia Solidarity Campaign has published an Alternative Report about La Colosa, the AngloGold Ashanti gold mining project in Colombia’s municipality of Cajamarca (Tolima), entitled La Colosa: A Death Foretold.

The report unveils, for the first time, findings which clearly show that if the production phase of the La Colosa gold mine goes ahead, its implications to local communities would be much graver than previously anticipated. Community leaders and human rights defenders are already paying the highest price - their lives - for their opposition to the large-scale corporate mining project.

This report is a result of extensive research that included more than 100 interviews on the ground, legal document analysis, and technical assessment by Dr. Mark Muller, a highly respected international expert on mining.

AngloGold Ashanti is a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Download this file (LA COLOSA_A Death Foretold.pdf)LA Colosa: A Death Foretold[Alternative Report about the AngloGold Ashanti Gold Mining Project in Cajamarca, Tolima, Colombia]7718 Kb
Access this URL ( COLOSA: Una Muerte Anunciada[Informe alternativo acerca del proyecto LA COLOSA de AngloGold Ashanti en Cajamarca, Tolima]5445 Kb

EDM 746: Assassination of Environmental Campaigners in Colombia

César and Adelinda
Please ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 746 about the recent assassinations of César García and Adelinda Gómez in Colombia.  Feel free to use the sample template letter below, or write your own.


Colombia Solidarity Campaign Lanza Informe "LA COLOSA: Una Muerte Anunciada"

Comunicado de Prensa. 26 11 2013

Si a la Vida

Marcha Carnaval en Ibagué - Tolima. Junio 2013. Fotógrafa: Viviana Sánchez

Colombia Solidarity Campaign (Campaña de Solidaridad por Colombia), organización de derechos humanos basada en Londres, ha publicado un Informe Alternativo acerca del proyecto de Minería de Oro de AngloGold Ashanti en Cajamarca, Tolima, intitulado La Colosa: Una Muerte Anunciada.  Este informe es resultado de una investigación que abarca 108 entrevistas, análisis de documentos, y asesoría técnica del Dr. Mark Muller, reconocido experto internacional en minería.

El reporte desvela hechos que no han sido revelados antes por investigadores o medios que han trabajado en el tema. Demuestra además, que los impactos de una eventual fase de explotación minera serían mucho mayores a los anunciados e imaginados por los tolimenses y por la nación misma.

Download this file (LA COLOSA_Una Muerte Anunciada.pdf)LA COLOSA_Una Muerte Anunciada[Informe alternativo acerca del proyecto LA COLOSA de AngloGold Ashanti en Cajamarca, Tolima]5445 Kb
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