Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Saving the river: the struggle for Colombia's Arroyo Bruno

Below is a detailed account of a meeting which took place between the community representatives, international observers and representatives of Cerrejon Coal in La Guajira.

On Monday 9 July, representatives of LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Swiss NGO Aktionsgruppe Schweiz Kolumbien, US-based North Shore Colombia Solidarity and other international observers attended an event at the Centro Cultural, Riohacha, La Guajira, close to Colombia's massive Cerrejon opencast coal mine. Cerrejon Coal is owned by London-listed mining multinationals Anglo American, BHP and Glencore.

The subject under discussion was the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno (Bruno Stream), an important tributary of this arid region's only major river, the Rio Rancheria, which flows across Cerrejon's mining concession. The company has diverted the Arroyo Bruno into a new channel to the north of its natural course in order to mine the coal underneath it. Local communities objected and three of them took legal action. The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled that the river should be returned to its natural course, but Cerrejon Coal has failed to comply with the ruling.http://londonminingnetwork.org/2019/07/british-multinational-disobeys-colombian-court-order-to-exploit-water-source/

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Mining company disregards Colombia’s Constitutional Court to exploit Bruno river

On June 5-6th 2019, the Inter-institutional Roundtable for the Arroyo Bruno [in La Guajira community, Colombia] convened within the framework of the SU-698 Sentence of 2017. In this way, the Constitutional Court safeguards the fundamental rights to water, food security and the health of more than 30 Wayuu communities in La Guajira, which are under threat due to the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno by the company Carbones del Cerrejón.

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Open letter to mining companies at Cerrejon, Colombia

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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

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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:

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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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