Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -



Berta Cáceres


We condemn the assassination of indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, and demand security for witness Gustavo Castro Soto More info at





Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida

Ibagué, 11 May 2013


Dear Shareholders,

As you evaluate the development of your mining projects in Colombia, we consider it to be important that, in your analysis, you consider aspects that pertain to an environmental, social and human reality, which most likely will not reach you through those who are managing these projects in our country.

We, the undersigned, are organizations representing many individuals particularly affected by the La Colosa project (located in the municipality of Cajamarca, Tolima).  We are also seriously concerned about a government policy that, in partnership with you, plans to carry out large-scale open-pit mining in our region and throughout the Colombian territory.

Since the inception of this government policy, eight years ago, large sectors of civil society have mobilised, to vehemently reject large-scale mining as a development model for our country.  This sentiment has become stronger as the impacts of mining, and of the thirst for gold, have become clearer to us.  We are highly disturbed about the prospect of a breakdown of social order, peace, territorial sovereignty and equality.  We have three central points in our message to you:


Update on Rio Rancheria Diversion


In early November 2012, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network and War on Want issued an urgent action request asking people to write to the mining companies involved at the Cerrejon coal mine in La Guajira, and to the Colombian government, objecting to the mining company's planned diversion of the River Rancheria, the only river of any size in La Guajira, so that the massive opencast operations can expand even further and gain access to 500 million extra tonnes of coal.

No al desvio del Rio Rancheria

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Villa Rica say: Free Mari Soliana!


Official Statement of the Afrodescendent community of Villa Rica, Cauca

In the presence of different social actors, state entities and international organisations, the Afrodescendent community in the town of Villa Rica, Cauca, lodges a complaint against the state public prosecutor, regarding the arrest of the young woman MARI SOLIANA COLORADO. They have labelled her as belonging to the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, FARC-EP, and have accused her of a series of crimes.


Indigenous leader of Jagua Community Assassinated


The Orewa association denounces the selective murder of the Cabildo elder of an Awá community in Nuquí-Chocó during the morning of today, 21 October 2012.  The leader of the community, known as  Leobigildo Cunanpi Quiro, approximately 39 years old, was viciously killed by an armed group after  finishing an important meeting with his community.  The perpetrators have still not identified themselves, and there is no clear understanding within the community as to the exact causes which brought about this terrible act, but which certainly originated from his position of leadership, struggle and resistance, in the face of the violation of human rights in this territory of the Department of Chocó.


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London Mining Network


The London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development and environmental groups. We pledge to expose the role of companies, funders and government in the promotion of unacceptable mining projects.