Colombia Solidarity Campaign

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Urgent Actions

Urgent actions announced through the campaign

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

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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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TELEPHONE DEATH THREAT MADE TO HUMAN RIGHTS NGO NOMADESC IN THEIR CALI OFFICE

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Santiago de Cali, 6th January 2011

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Stop AngloGold Ashanti's unfair contract!

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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

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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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Urgent action: army assault against workers in Tauramena, Casanare

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ARMY ASSAULT AGAINST WORKERS IN TAURAMENA, CASANARE


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Today (2 June 2010) at the hour of mid-day, a commando group of the National Army of Colombia equipped with combat arms burst in, leaping over a security grid at the installations of the Central Processing Facility of Tauramena, where they met workers affiliated with USO engaged in a peaceful protest.

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Announced massacre in the mining municipality of Suarez, Cauca, Colombia

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ANNOUNCED MASSACRE IN THE MINING MUNICIPALITY OF SUAREZ, CAUCA, COLOMBIA

Santiago de Cali, 8th April 2010

Eight miners were murdered by armed men travelling in two vehicles and a motor bike. The killings occurred in a place known as “Alto de Ovejas”, a rural zone in the municipality of Suárez, department of Cauca, southern Colombia. The place where the massacre occurred is the upper part of the Ovejas river. It can be reached by a one and a half hour journey on foot.

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Urgent action: Leaders of Colombian Wayuu People Go into Exile to Escape Violence

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Last October, Wayuu Indigenous leader Karmen Ramirez Boscan was in London as a guest of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign. She came to Britain for the AGM of mining multinational BHP Billiton, which is one of the three multinational owners of the Cerrejon coal mine (the other two are Anglo American and Xstrata. All three are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The largest shareholder in Xstrata is the private Swiss company Glencore.) Since returning to Colombia, Karmen and her colleagues have suffered threats from paramilitaries for their organisational work and their criticisms of the Cerrejon mine's operations. Karmen's organisation, Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, has issued the following Urgent Action.

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