Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -

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Statement about Assassination of Inga People in Putumayo

We have received news of the assassination of three young members of the Inga Indigenous people in Putumayo. Elkin Farit Sigindioy Chindoy, Armando Mutumbajoy Muchavisoy and Jaime Alirio Becerra Chindoy, between 22 and 24 years of age, who belonged to the community of Oso Cocha-Yunguillo in the Municipality of Mocoa-Putumayo, were viciously murdered by gunfire on 6 October 2018 by unknown actors. The Inga people of Colombia, who live in Caquetá, Cauca, Putumayo and Nariño, are facing physical and cultural extinction because of the armed conflict, drug trafficking, mining, oil exploitation and indiscriminate damage to the Andean and Amazonian forests.

 

The original denunciation of the murders is in Spanish on the ONIC website.

 

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Critics of Cerrejon Coal receive renewed death threats

We have received news of renewed death threats against our friends in The Wayuu Women’s Force – Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu-Sütsüin Jiyeyuu Wayuu (FMW-SJW). FMW-SJW are among the more prominent critics of Cerrejon Coal (owned by London-listed multinationals Anglo American, BHP and Glencore). They report receiving threats from notorious paramilitary organisation Águilas Negras (Black Eagles) for “hindering the development of the country” – a coded reference to objecting to mining and other large-scale economic projects.

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Coal dust and disturbed dreams

The Cerrejon coal mine

By Richard Solly, member of Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Co-ordinator of London Mining Network

In August I participated in a delegation to the province of La Guajira in Colombia,  organised by US-based Witness for Peace. We visited communities affected by the Cerrejon Coal mine, owned by London-listed mining multinationals Anglo American, BHP and Glencore.

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Visitors from La Guajira Colombia coming!

Wednesday 17 October, Beyond BHP: protesting the world’s biggest mining giant 10am to 11am outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1: demonstration against BHP as it prepares for its AGM inside the building

Wednesday 17 October, 6pm to 9pm, Beyond BHP: protecting lives from the world’s biggest mining giant 6pm-9pm at UCL Institute of Education, London: Public event with speakers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and the USA and creative contributions from Threepenny Festival Arts Association

Join us 13-20 October for eight days of art, discussion and protest with leading environmental human rights defenders visiting London from Latin America to share their experiences resisting the world’s largest mining company, which has been devastating communities with impunity for decades. For more information about our Colombian visitors and what they need see below:

 

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Fear and loathing in La Guajira

Report by Richard Solly of Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Co-ordinator of London Mining Network

It is sad to see fear on the faces of people you love because of the threats they are receiving.

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We will continue to march for Peace

 

Ante la persecución a líderes y lideresas sociales: seguiremos caminando la Paz de Colombia y del continente

In the face of persecution of social leaders: we continue to march for Peace in Colombia and the continent.

Signed by over 120 national and international organisations.

Denunciamos la sistemática persecución del Gobierno colombiano contra el movimiento popular, defensores de derechos humanos, líderes y lideresas sociales y étnicos, expresión del terrorismo de Estado imperante en el país.

We denounce the systematic persecution and State terrorism which the Colombian government is carrying out against popular movements, human rights defenders, community and indigenous leaders, throughout the country.

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Letter to the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize.

RESPECT HUMAN DIGNITY AND

FULFILL THE ACCORDS MADE DURING THE 7 YEARS OF YOUR GOVERNMENT

We must engage in dialogue….whilst respecting the dignity of all.

This is what we did in Colombia” Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia, 01 November 2017

President JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERON,

In the name of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the concurrent international pacts and conventions, the internal norms that govern the rights of indigenous, black and campesino peoples of Colombia and with respect of the Colombian National Constitution, which protects our right to life, we, the human rights organizations and social movements, whose names appear below, solicit you, as the maximum leader of the Armed Forces of Colombia, to halt orders given to the riot squads, ie the Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron (Escuadrón Móvil Anti Disturbios) ESMAD, to continue violent and abusive attacks against comunities who at present find themselves in the National Solidarity Mobilisations or National Minga (Minga Nacional).

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No! to Santos

No to Santos' Dirty War in Colombia! No to Mining Multinationals Destroying the Environment and Communities!

Yes to Real Human Rights for All! Yes to Peace with Social Justice!


The Colombia Solidarity Campaign has called a picket from 5.00pm on Thursday, 9th November outside  Chatham House HQ at 10 St James Square, Piccadilly, London SW1Y 4LE

COME AND SUPPORT THIS PROTEST - OUR VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD

The official event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm p.m. https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/chatham-house-prize-2017-president-juan-manuel-santos

 

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