Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Action : environmental researcher 'disappeared' en route to giving lecture at National University

Sandra Viviana environmental researcher was 'disappeared' en route to give a lecture at National University, Palmira, near Cali, Colombia

CENSAT 'Agua Viva', Friends of the Earth Colombia

International solidarity needed: Pressure the Colombian authorities to find Sandra Viviana


Civil society organisations in Colombia have reported the disappearance of Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, in Cali on February 17. Friends of the Earth International and Censat Agua Viva / Friends of the Earth Colombia need your help to pressure the Colombian authorities to step up the search for her.

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Insistent Black Eagles death threats against human rights and indigenous leaders in Valle and Cauca, Colombia

7 January, 2010

We, the organizations signing below, inform the international and national community of the following:

Texted Death Threats to Martha Giraldo and Aida Quilcue

At 9.39pm on 30th December 2010, the following text message was received by Martha Giraldo, coordinator of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes Valle del Cauca branch (MOVICE), and Aida Quilcue, ex-leader of the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council (CRIC) and the Minga of Social and Communitarian Resistance:

“guerrilla rats, this is how we wanted to have you, cornered and crying for help all over the place. MOVICE, ECATE, CUT, NOMADESC, death to you communist dogs.

Tonight at midnight we start with Martha Giraldo, Berenice, Luz Marina, Cristina, the Indian Quilcue, Yon, Posso, Wilson and with every one of your children.

Black Eagles cleansing the country of these communist sons of bitches, you won’t see the New Year.”

The message was sent from the same number which has been used to send previous threats to the same organisations.

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Stop AngloGold Ashanti's unfair contract!

 

PLEASE SUPPORT THE STUDENTS, LECTURERS AND COMMUNITY OF TOLIMA SO THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE CAJAMARCA MINE CAN BE RESEARCHED OBJECTIVELY AND INDEPENDENTLY.

 

Students and lecturers at the University of Tolima in Ibagué, Colombia, are voicing their strong opposition to the imminent signing of a contract with AngloGold Ashanti worth £500K/year to carry out the environmental monitoring of the Cajamarca La Colosa gold mine, currently in the exploration phase. AngloGold Ashanti, which was fined last year for not requesting all the necessary environmental permits for the exploration, is now stipulating that any research results must be kept confidential by the university, thereby jeopardizing the objectivity of the study. The projected site of the Cajamarca gold mine, in the central Colombian mountains, includes an area of forest reserve and 161 water sources. It is an important agricultural hub for the whole country. The results of the exploration so far indicate that the gold mine would be the largest in South America. Opencast mining exploitation, planned to start in three years’ time, would result in complete destruction of the ecosystem. The use of cyanide to treat the gold ore would inevitably contaminate water sources for a large area of the Tolima department. The Machín Volcano a few kilometres from Cajamarca presents a potential unimaginable ecological disaster for the region.

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Threats to Human Rights Defenders in the Cauca Valley Continue

NEW THREATS ARRIVE ON THE 11TH AND 14TH OF DECEMBER 2010

The organizations signed below, denounce to the international and national community the reiterated threats against social and human rights organizations in the region. Threats which have been made in a systematic way, stigmatizing the work of human rights defenders. Between the 22nd October 2009 and the 14 December 2010, 11 death threats have been received, one as a fax, the rest as text messages sent simultaneously to all the organizations via mobile phone.

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9-12 December 2010 in London 6th International Conference Against Disappearances

ICAD - International Committee Against Disappearances

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