Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Actions

Urgent actions announced through the campaign

URGENT - Colombian Farmers Protest - Your Help Needed

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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

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EDM 746: Assassination of Environmental Campaigners in Colombia

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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.

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Urgent Action - Community Leader Killed, Others at Risk

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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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COMUNICADO PARA ACCIONISTAS DE ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI

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Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida

Ibagué, 11 May 2013

 

 

Señores accionistas:

En este momento, cuando ustedes evalúan el desarrollo de sus proyectos en Colombia, nos parece importante que incluyan en su análisis elementos de una realidad ambiental, social y humana, que seguramente no llegará a ustedes por la voz y los informes de quienes administran sus proyectos en nuestro país.

Quienes suscribimos este mensaje, somos organizaciones y personas, particularmente afectadas por el proyecto de la Colosa,  (ubicado en el municipio de Cajamarca, Tolima) pero también, preocupadas seriamente por una política gubernamental que asociada con ustedes, pretende expandir, en nuestra región y por todo el territorio colombiano, las explotaciones mineras a cielo abierto.

Desde el momento en que el gobierno concibió esa política, hace 8 años, se ha generado una gran movilización ciudadana que rechaza la megaminería como horizonte para el desarrollo de nuestro país, y con más vehemencia ahora, cuando son claros los hechos y señales de la minería y de la sed del oro, que  confirman su carácter de elementos altamente perturbadores del orden social, de la paz, de la soberanía territorial y de la equidad.

Tres son los puntos centrales de nuestro mensaje para ustedes:

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Stigmatisation of Campesinos and Environmentalists opposing La Colosa Gold Mine

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COMITE AMBIENTAL Y CAMPESINO DE CAJAMARCA
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:

Campesinos

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Urgent Action: Sensitive Information Stolen from Human Rights Organization COSPACC

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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.

COSPACC

 

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

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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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NEW THREAT FROM THE BLACK EAGLES TO THE LEADERS OF ASOGRAS

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The Agricultural Association of Santander denounce the reiterated threat to the leaders of ASOGRAS to the national and international community, and human rights organisations.

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Public complaint: Serious harassment and threats against members of the MOVICE Tolima Branch

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MOVICE, 15 December 2011, Colombia

The National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) denounces and opposes the serious harassment and threats against various members of the Tolima Branch from the month of June until the present. These instances of harassment are taking place against the backdrop of actions in support of student demonstrations, the demands for the protection of the territory in Cajamarca against the multinational AngloGold Ashanti, and the organisation of and participation in the International Verification Mission, which took place as part of the Campaign for the Right to Defend between 28 and November 30, in which organisations and parliamentarians from various countries in Europe, Latin America and the United States investigated the human rights situation in Colombia.

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