Creation of the National Board of Land for People Affected by Dams
Space is a conquest of the Rios Vivos Movement, due to the actions of resistance of those affected by the dam of El Quimbo Ituango, Sogamoso, and Salvajina Urra, who have managed to prove in international arenas (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) that hydro projects rob them of their lands and turn them into "victims of development".
Last July 29 a meeting was held in Bogotá between delegates of Movimiento Ríos Vivos and officials of INCODER in order to seek solutions to the situation of dispossession of living communities affected by the construction of hydroelectric projects in Colombia, giving result to the creation of the "National Bureau of Land for People Affected by Dams".
To representatives of the International Community
RELATIVES OF MISSING PERSONS DENOUNCE THE INEFFECTIVENES OF STATE MECHANISMS FOR SEARCH AND INVESTIGATION ON THE CASES OF 45,000 FORCED DISSAPEARANCES IN COLOMBIA
(Translated using google)
As part of the celebration of the International Day of the Disappeared, organizations and families of victims of this heinous crime, perpetrated systematically in Colombia against more than 45,000 people, met with representatives of the international community, of United Nations and Colombian congress-members committed to human rights. They reported on the current situation of the crime of forced disappearance, on the inefficiency of state mechanisms to prevent and combat this phenomenon and on the state of structural impunity regarding this crime.
The humanitarian space of Puente Nayero
is an example for the whole world,
the government needs to be conscious of this:
we are building a world of non violence
- Fragment of a song written by the communities in the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero.
One year ago, since 6:00PM, the inhabitants of La Playita neighborhood in Buenaventura, Colombia, had to lock themselves in their houses, hide under their beds and, above all, ensure their compliance with the law of silence. Paramilitarism was never over in their territories; the networks that remained after a deeply failed process of demobilization took over the entire urban areas of Buenaventura. Forced disappearances, dismemberments, forced displacements and homicides have increased within the city, and terror has led entire communities to utter hopelessness.
Agrarian Leader Oscar Gutiérrez to Address Struggles of Colombian Farmers for Economic and Social Justice
COLOMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK FALL 2015 TOUR
The first agreement reached at the negotiating table in Havana between the Colombian government and the largest insurgent group to end the 50-year armed conflict focuses on the need for an extensive agrarian reform. Even so, Colombia’s farmers continue to struggle for economic and social justice, since “free trade” policies and the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement have undercut the ability of small farmers, indigenous communities, and other agricultural producers to make a decent living, and has reduced Colombia’s ability to feed itself by more than 30% since 1990.
In this context, the Colombia Human Rights Network is organizing a tour to bring the voice of Oscar Gutiérrez, representative of Dignidad Agropecuaria, to the United States in November of this year. Oscar Gutiérrez has a long history of political activism supporting the struggles of miners, farmers, and others in the department of Caldas, where he is from. In recent years he has been a leader of agrarian strikes involving coffee growers and other rural producers, particularly in 2013 and 2014.
This article on militarization in Colombia was written by Mario Andres Hurtado Cardozo of ACOOC, an organization accompanied by FOR Peace Presence. Translated from Spanish by Kaya Allan Sugerman.
Colombia is a country with one of the oldest internal armed conflicts of all time; for over 50 years this war has intensified the inequality and poverty of many sectors of the population. This tragedy has generated around 7,000,000 victims and it is estimated that each year 4,500 individuals lose their lives because of it . Even given this bleak picture, the most common response by the Colombian state is to further fuel the conflict with use of force, thus neglecting the structural causes that gave rise to it.
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