Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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New death threats against Wayuu Women’s Force

New death threats have been issued against CSC’s friends in indigenous Colombian organisation Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu (Wayuu Women’s Force). Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu has been heavily involved in the struggle for justice in the face of the environmental damage and social dislocation cased by the Cerrejon coal mine, owned by London-listed companies Anglo American, BHP and Glencore.

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Tabaco - still no justice after 18 years.

On 9 August 2001 the Afro-Descendant community of Tabaco was forcibly displaced from their ancestral land to give way to the biggest open cast coal mine in Latin America: Cerrejon. The mine is currently owned by Anglo American, BHP and Glencore, three multinational mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, with very high profits.

Members of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign, London Mining Network, War on Want and many others in more recent years, have been witness to the suffering and losses caused to the people of Tabaco and the environment during all these years. Today, 18 years after that tragedy, we stand in solidarity with Tabaco and support their demands. Please see below a translation of the invitation from the Junta Social Pro-reubicación de Tabaco (Tabaco Relocation Committee) to commemorate this date.

Click below to watch a short film in Spanish and read more.

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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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