Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -

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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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Human Rights Threatened in Cauca

THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND UNIONS IN VALLE DEL CAUCA NEWLY THREATENED BY PARAMILITARY GROUPS

The Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners denounces to the national and international community the new threats which they have received, as well as other members of unions and social movements. These threats have been constant and repeated, highlighting and stigmatizing the work of human rights defenders, unions and social movements generally. These threats, current and past, have been reported to the relevant authorities so far, without any responsibility having been found.

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Alert : MICOAHUMADO, BOLIVAR SUR

Alert : EARLY WARNING MICOAHUMADO, BOLIVAR SUR

The following organizations are issuing a warning due to the events outlined below: The Agromineral Federation of the South of Bolivar, Corporation Sembrar, The Chapter of Victims of Organized Crime of the State of Bolivar South, south of Cesar and Catatumbo.

Since Sunday 9 July 2017 on the outskirts of the village of Micoahumado in the municipality of Morales, Bolivar department, inhabitants have seen 4 men dressed in civilian clothes carrying large guns and they do not have any visible insignia which identifies them.

These people, according to the villagers, have entered some nearby farms and roads that lead to the village plaza

The presence of civilians carrying large firearms is creating unease and worry among the residents, as in March earlier this year, a series of actions of the Armed Forces, committed supposedly by the so-called called ‘lone foxes’, led to actions of judicialization of 14 social leaders and townspeople who were detained and until now are imprisoned without charge.

We call to the Human Rights organizations to recognize and denounce these acts and to demand the authorities to inform the community if these armed persons belong to an organization of State Security.

July 14 2017

The Agromineral Federation of the South of Bolivar, Sembrar Corporation, The Chapter of Victims of Organized Crime of the State of Bolivar South, South of Cesar and Catatumbo.

 

Heartbreak in Colombia: Assassination of leader.

Heartbreak in Colombia: BREAKING NEWS

Assassination of Afrodescendent leader taking part in the Patriotic March in the Municipality of Guachene
Department of Cauca, Municipality of Guachene Friday 14th July 2017

In the Jorge Eliecer Gaitán Neighbourhood around 11.45 am, when HECTOR WILLIAM MINA found himself with a friend, outside their home. Four armed men arrived, one of them said ‘Do it, it’s him’ and proceeded to shoot him with a firearm, probably a revolver.
HECTOR WILLIAM MINA was transferred to the Valle de Lili clinic but unfortunately died due to the gunshot injuries.

International Network of Human Rights ‘Francisco Isaias Cifuentes’
National Commission of Human Rights, Political and Social Movement
Patriotic March

 

Open Letter from Violeta Arango Ramirez

OPEN LETTER FROM VIOLETA ARANGO RAMIREZ to the PUBLIC 13 July 2017

(Hello friends, I am sending you a letter by one of the girls who has been imprisoned in the case of the bombing in the Andino Shopping Centre, Bogota. It explains well the whole case and the absurd show surrounding her and her peers.)

My name is Violeta Arango Ramirez, I am a sociologist, graduate of the National University of Colombia. On Saturday 24th June my life changed dramatically with a warrant for my arrest and a raid. Agents from the police intelligence department (SIJIN) and the police arrived at my house in the Chapinero district. Without understanding what had happened, in the anxiety and stress of the moment, my parents asked what was it about: I was wanted in relation to the terrible attack on the Andino shopping mall, accused of terrorism, homicide, conspiracy to commit a crime.

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