Colombia Solidarity Campaign

- Fighting for Peace with Justice -



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:


Support Colombian mine workers and farming communities impacted by British-based mining multinationals

Mine workers have recently finished a one month strike at the massive Cerrejón opencast coal mine, owned by three mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange: Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Xstrata. Mine workers and farming communities being displaced by mine expansion have united in struggle against the Cerrejon mining company. The SINTRACARBON union has now signed an agreement with the company which makes progress in their fight for better health care and respect for the rights of local farming communities and against subcontracting and the company’s plans for diversion of the region’s only major river for mining.

In April, Colombia Solidarity Campaign and London Mining Network, with help from War on Want and World Development Movement, will be hosting a visit by Julio Gomez, President of FECODEMIGUA, the Federation of Communities Displaced by Mining in La Guajira. La Guajira is the northernmost province of Colombia. One of the multinational mining companies involved, Anglo American, will hold its Annual General Meeting for shareholders in London on Friday 19 April 2013.

Felipe Ustate at the BHP Billton AGM last October


Stigmatisation of Campesinos and Environmentalists opposing La Colosa Gold Mine

100 years defending the land

Press release: Monday, 25 February 2013

Item: Threats, stigmatisation and criminalisation of the campesino social movement of Anaime and Cajamarca, which opposes AngloGold Ashanti’s La Colosa project in Colombia.

We, the environmental and campesino committee of Cajamarca, the Environmental Committee for the Defence of Life (Comité Ambiental por la Defensa de la Vida) and the organisations and groups that are voicing our opposition about the dangers of the La Colosa Regional mining project of the company AngloGold Ashanti, report the following facts to the Tolimense community, and the national and international community:



Urgent Action: Sensitive Information Stolen from Human Rights Organization COSPACC


The Bogotá office of Colombian human rights organization COSPACC was robbed and looted.  Electronic and hard-copy files containing information about human rights violations are missing.

On 23rd of January, after entering the building, COSPACC managers noticed that their office doors were opened and locks were damaged. The managers immediately called the police and with their presence entered the offices. They found that the drawers of the desks, library and archive were opened; external hard drives and memory sticks with electronic archives, hard-copy files and photo cameras were taken.

COSPACC workers have noticed that the main entry door to the building was not damaged and that some valuable items, such as computers, were not stolen from the office.




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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Urgent Action: Stop river diversion and support communities around Cerrejon mine in Colombia

Joint urgent action request from Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network and War on Want. London 6 November 2012

Three huge mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange own Colombian company Cerrejon Coal, operator of the Cerrejon opencast coal mine in the department of La Guajira in Colombia. Mine expansion over the years has caused forced displacement of agricultural communities, and more communities face displacement for further expansion. Cerrejon Coal also want to divert the River Rancheria, the only river of any significant size in La Guajira, in order to get at coal underneath its bed. Local communities fear an ecological disaster.

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