Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Urgent Actions

S.O.S. for the communities of Catatumbo

21 October 2007

The Association for the Promotion of Social Alternatives, MINGA, the Progresar Foundation and the Committee of Social Integration in Catatumbo,
CISCA, denounce before the national and international community the aggravation of the human rights crisis in the Catatumbo region, Norte de
Santander department (province), resulting from the atrocities committed by presumed members of public forces against the peasant farming
communities.

I 81 Paramilitary assault against community leaders of the regions of Caño Manso and Curvaradó

19 September 2007

Cano Manso leaders received gunshot wounds during an operation in Belén de Bajirá

Reminder:

Afro-Colombian communities of the Curvarado and Jiguamiando underwent a forced displacement in 1997during a joint operation by the national army and paramilitary forces. The return of the communities to their land, now covered in African Palm tree plantations, is currently taking place under the menace of the paramilitary and the inaction of government authorities.

Summary of recent events:

INTERNATIONAL NGOs THREATENED IN COLOMBIA

20 May 2007

CONTINUING THE STRATEGY OF ANGLO GOLD ASHANTI

Threats against international organizations in Colombia

International and national organisations accompanying the communities of Sur de Bolívar have been threatened alongside miners leaders

I 82 - National Army Brigade 17 supports illegality

2 May 2007

INFORME 82

CURVARADO – JIGUAMIANDO

National Army Brigade 17 supports illegality

Intimidation of the community leader EUSTAQUIO POLO, corporate infiltration inside the Incoder, preparation of the forest cutting in Jiguamiando, negative effects of palm pesticides on the health of women, repopulation in Andalucia and El Guamo.

I 81 - CURVARADO - AGUILAS NEGRAS THREATEN ENRIQUE PETRO AND HIS FAMILY WITH MURDER

31 March 2007

While they protect palm extraction, the “demobilized” ‘AGUILAS NEGRAS’ THREATEN ENRIQUE PETRO AND HIS FAMILY WITH MURDER

Reminder

Since April 2006, the Humanitarian Zone of Caño Claro in Curvaradó, Chocó, has been situated on the land of Enrique Petro, member of the Community Council of Curvaradó, in the midst of African Palm plantations.

I 79 - AGUILAS NEGRAS WILL RAID HUMANITARIAN AND BIODIVERSITY ZONES

13 February 2007

Curvaradó – Jiguamiandó

Renewal of sowing and extraction of African Palm

“We will enter El Tesoro (HZ) and El Limón (BZ) where there are many people reclaiming their land” said an ex-paramilitary.

SUMMARY

Threats of paramilitary incursions into the Humanitarian Zones and Biodiversity Zones of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó have come true through new military tactics of population control via business channels.

I 75 - Possible Paramilitary Intrigues, FAMILY OF ENRIQUE PETRO IN DANGER

22 September 2006

Ground report 75

Recalling that since the 8th of April 2006 the families of Curvarado, accompanied by Jusictia y Paz and PASC have been building a new Humanitarian Zone on land owned by Don Enrique Petro, member of the collective territory of Curvarado. A land which had been illegally sown with palm since the forced displacement. Recalling also that this fact is no longer in legal dispute, the Columbian government having recognized (in response to an urgent action) that this land legally and legitimately belongs to Enrique Petro.

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