Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Newsletter May 2019

The May 2019 Newsletter:

Colombian Social Movements: Resisting Extinction

Articles on

· 25 April National Strike

· Infrastructure, Corruption and Conflict in Colombia

· The Dirty War : 600 Assassinated in 30 months

Operación Dragon: At Last Some Accountability

Colombians Join XR Protest

The struggle against Cerrejón Coal

Colombia Solidarity Campaign meets monthly. Next meeting is at 6.30pm on Monday 20 May in Central London. For details, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

https://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/Colombia-Solidarity-Campaign-168664289837542/

 


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URGENT ACTION: Black Eagles Death Threats to Wayuu Women’s Force

URGENT ACTION: Black Eagles Death Threats to Wayuu Women’s Force

We denounce stigmatization, persecution and threats

We declare ourselves in permanent defence of

Wounmainkat – Our Land,  Wüinkat – The Water,

Kataa o’u  - Life and Anajirrra A'in – Peace.

This time the threats have been targeted towards our movement and the people it comprises. We have completed 14 years of tireless work, in which our only weapon has been The Word that we raise in defence of what we consider just, for the protection of Wounmainkat – Our Mother Earth, our rights and the right to life in peace.

We denounce and repudiate the new strategies of threats that have been carried out this time by “Aguilas Negras - Bloque Capital D.C.” through fake profiles on social media that, since April 29 at 3.50 pm, have published a flyer in which we are persecuted, stigmatised and threatened.

We refer here to the facts in detail which demonstrate a new collective threat against our movement Wayuu Women’s Force - Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu - Sütsüin Jiyeyuu Wayuu, and which specifically identifies the names of persons in our movement:

THE FACTS

Many of us in the movement started to receive message alerts from people close to us, that there was a flyer circulating on social media in which we were threatened.

Around 4 in the afternoon on 29 April, using a profile from the social media Facebook under the name of "Pedro Lastra", two images were published and shared: one referring to threats in 2018 in which the logos of our organisation appeared together with those representing the Movement Wayuu Nation – Movimiento Nacion Wayuu, the Wayuu Organisation Araurayu – La Organización Wayuu Araurayu, and the National Organisation of Indigenous of Colombia – ONIC. The second image has the logo specifically of La Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, and it also directly identified the names and surnames of 6 of our members: Karmen Ramírez, Miguel Ramirez, Jakeline Romero, Deris Paz, Luis Misael Socarras and Dulcy Cotes.

The publication from the "Pedro Lastra" Facebook profile has comment that tags two other people: Carlos Daniel Hernández and Rosa María Cano. When checking back on Facebook to obtain information about "Pedro Lastra" by around 9pm, the profile had already been deleted.

It is not the first time that misogynist and hate campaigns have been launched against La Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu; we have also been threatened with death, and the persecution that we have had to face has even obliged some people from our movement to flee the territory. Despite the complaints we have raised with the appropriate institutions, this has not secured that we can continue doing our work for the defence of peace, our rights, the rights of Wounmainkat – Mother Earth – and our own lives without danger.

In a decisive way, we, the members of the Movement Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu - Sütsüin Jiyeyuu Wayuu, declare ourselves:

· In permanent defence of the rights of Wounmainkat – Our Mother Earth.

· In permanent defence of the Peace that we have helped to build from our struggles.

· In permanent defence of the water, territory and life itself.

Since the threats made against us on 10 October 2018, there has not been any result from our complaints. Once again, we hold the Colombian State responsible for any attack against our work or our lives. Once again, we make the following:

REQUESTS

We ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to grant precautionary measures to the Movement Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu - Sütsüin Jiyeyuu Wayuu, to be able to continue to our work for the defence of Wounmainkat – Our Land, Winkat – The Water, Kataa o’ui - Life, and Anajirra A’in - Peace.

We ask the current Government to initiate an immediate plan of action to guarantee the fulfilment of the rulings issued in favour of Indigenous Peoples by the Constitutional Court to avoid the extermination of our peoples as a result of war. In addition, we ask that this request be answered as a matter of priority, given the serious risk in which we find ourselves, in order to protect our lives.

We call on the Diplomatic Missions and Corps accredited in Colombia to monitor the delicate and vulnerable situation of Wayuu human rights defenders. We also ask that you demand that the current Government fulfil the Peace Agreements, as well as its commitments taken on internationally on the issue of human rights, particularly those related to Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights Defenders.

We urge the National Protection Unit – Unidad Nacional de Protección (UNP) to re-evaluate the measures of the protection plan for Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu – Sütsüin Jiyeyuu Wayuu, as well as to strengthen these strategies from a holistic point of view that considers spiritual protection as part of the programme, which will allow us to guarantee not only the work in our territory, but also the protection of life.

Wajira – Wounmaikat

30 April 2019

SAMPLE LETTER

Dr. Iván Duque Márquez

Presidencia de la República

CALLE 7 No. 6 - 54 Palacio de Nariño,

Bogotá D.C.

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Estimado señor Presidente, estimados Ministros y Altos Funcionarios

Les escribimos preocupados por el alto número de líderes sociales y defensores del medio ambiente amenazados y asesinados en Colombia y en particular en La Guajira. Desde hace 14 años trabajamos con comunidades afectadas por la mineria de carbón y nos han constatado muchas amenazas a varios lideres y lideresas que se oponen a las minas de carbón, con seguimientos, amenazas telefónicas y hostigamientos permanentes. Algunos líderes incluso han tenido que abandonar la región por razones de seguridad.

Actualmente, nos preocupa particularmente la situación de la Fuerza Mujeres Wayuu. Hace pocos días, la Fuerza Mujeres Wayúu y otras organizaciones del pueblo wayuu más varias personas líderes en particular, Karmen Ramírez, Miguel Iván Ramírez, Jakeline Romero, Deris Paz, Luis Misael Socarra y Dulcy Cotes, han sido amenazados de muerte por el Bloque Capital de las Aguilas Negras. La comunidad wayuu también ha denunciado la presencia de personas extrañas en los resguardosy personas rondando las casas por la noche.

Dado la larga historia de amenazas contra líderes sociales y comunitarios de la Guajira, y los atentados contra comunidades y organizaciones wayuu en octubre de 2018, estamos sumamente preocupados por la seguridad de las personas nuevamente amenazadas.

Ante esta situación, instamos al Gobierno Nacional y en específico a la UNP para que se aumente los esquemas de protección de los lideres y de las comunidades y organizaciones amenazados, también priorizando esquemas colectivos.

Igualmente pedimos dar prioridad a las investigaciones judiciales para dar con los autores intelectuales y materiales de estas amenazas y agresiones y prodeceder a su juzgamiento.

Igualmente urgimos a las autoridades de tomar acciones decididas para desmantelar los grupos armados ilegales y garantizar la protección de la población wayuu, afro y campesina de la Guajira.

Le agradecemos una actuación pronta ante esta si y le agradecemos información detallado sobre este caso.

Cordialmente

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ORGANISATION

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Vicepresidencia de la República
General en retiro, OSCAR ADOLFO NARANJO TRUJILLO
Calle 7 N° 6 – 54 Bogotá D.C.

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Néstor Osorio Londoño, Ambassador

Colombian Embassy

3 Hans Crescent
London SW1X 0LN
United Kingdom

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Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Dr. Luis Carlos Villegas
El Dorado con Carrera.
52 CAN,
Bogotá, D.C.
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Ministerio del Interior

Dr. Guillermo Rivera Flórez

Calle 12 B N° 8 – 38

Bogotá D.C.

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Directora Programa de Derechos Humanos del ministerio del interior

Dra. Ivonne González Rodríguez

Calle 12B N° 8 – 38

Bogota D.C.

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Consejera de Derechos Humanos presidencia de la republica.
Dra.  Paula Gaviria Betancur
Calle 7 N° 6-54
Bogotá d.C.
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Director unidad Nacional de Protección

Dr. Diego Fernando Mora Arango

Carrera 63 N° 14 – 97

Bogotá D.C.

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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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