Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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URGENT - Colombian Farmers Protest - Your Help Needed

Colombian small-scale campesino farmers need your help!  They have had a very difficult time recently due to government policies, such as:

  • The signing of Free Trade Agreements with the EU and the US, both of which have heavily subsidised agricultural sectors, meaning that Colombia is being flooded with cheap imports.  It may be hard to believe, but Colombia has now become a coffee importer.
  • Policies to promote large-scale mining projects and hydroelectric dams, meaning that land ownership is being concentrated by foreign multinational companies in what is already one of the most unequal countries in the world.
  • Legislation forcing campesinos to use “certified” genetically modified seeds manufactured by companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta, a threat to food security and sovereignty, and the natural environment, in the second most biodiverse country in the world.

Paro Agrario
Agrarian protest, August 2013.  Photo credit: Utopía la Palabra


Political Statement from the Agrarian Summit: “Sowing dignity, cultivating hope and harvesting a new country”

Cumbre Agraria

Thirty thousand people from all regions of the country attended the Agrarian Summit in Bogotá, from 15 to 17 March, convened by the organizations Mesa de Interlocución Agraria - MIA (Agrarian Dialogue Roundtable), Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March), Coordinador Nacional Agrario - CNA (National Agrarian Coordinator), el Congreso de los Pueblos (the Peoples’ Congress), el Proceso de Comunidades Negras - PCN (the Afro Communities Process), la Mesa de Unidad Agraria - MUA (Land Unity Roundtable), la Coalición de Movimientos y Organizaciones Sociales de Colombia - COMOSOC (the Coalition of Social Movements and Organizations of Colombia), la Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia - ONIC (the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia), el Movimiento por la Constituyente Popular - MCP (Movement for the Popular Constituent Assembly), Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, FENSUAGRO (United Agricultural Trade Union Federation), Asociación nacional de Zonas de Reserva Campesina – ANZORC (National Association of Campesino Reserves) and Asociación Campesina Popular (Popular Campesino Association).


Colombia Solidarity Campaign Launches Report "LA COLOSA: A Death Foretold"

Alternative Report on the controversial gold mining project in Colombia
Press Release // London // 8 December 2013

Si a la Vida

Demonstration in  Ibagué - Tolima. June 2013. The sign reads: "Yes to Life, No to the Mine". Photo credit: Viviana Sánchez.

London-based human rights organisation Colombia Solidarity Campaign has published an Alternative Report about La Colosa, the AngloGold Ashanti gold mining project in Colombia’s municipality of Cajamarca (Tolima), entitled La Colosa: A Death Foretold.

The report unveils, for the first time, findings which clearly show that if the production phase of the La Colosa gold mine goes ahead, its implications to local communities would be much graver than previously anticipated. Community leaders and human rights defenders are already paying the highest price - their lives - for their opposition to the large-scale corporate mining project.

This report is a result of extensive research that included more than 100 interviews on the ground, legal document analysis, and technical assessment by Dr. Mark Muller, a highly respected international expert on mining.

AngloGold Ashanti is a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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EDM 746: Assassination of Environmental Campaigners in Colombia

César and Adelinda
Please ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 746 about the recent assassinations of César García and Adelinda Gómez in Colombia.  Feel free to use the sample template letter below, or write your own.


Colombia Solidarity Campaign Lanza Informe "LA COLOSA: Una Muerte Anunciada"

Comunicado de Prensa. 26 11 2013

Si a la Vida

Marcha Carnaval en Ibagué - Tolima. Junio 2013. Fotógrafa: Viviana Sánchez

Colombia Solidarity Campaign (Campaña de Solidaridad por Colombia), organización de derechos humanos basada en Londres, ha publicado un Informe Alternativo acerca del proyecto de Minería de Oro de AngloGold Ashanti en Cajamarca, Tolima, intitulado La Colosa: Una Muerte Anunciada.  Este informe es resultado de una investigación que abarca 108 entrevistas, análisis de documentos, y asesoría técnica del Dr. Mark Muller, reconocido experto internacional en minería.

El reporte desvela hechos que no han sido revelados antes por investigadores o medios que han trabajado en el tema. Demuestra además, que los impactos de una eventual fase de explotación minera serían mucho mayores a los anunciados e imaginados por los tolimenses y por la nación misma.

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Urgent Action - Community Leader Killed, Others at Risk

Small-scale campesino farmer and community leader, César Garcia, who had been opposing the development of a gold mining project in Cajamarca, Colombia, has been killed by an unknown gunman. There is a grave fear for security of other community leaders in the region.

Cesar Garcia

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