Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Red de Hermandad (RedHer)

Resistance in the South West

11 December 2012

Thousands march in the Southern Colombian town of Pasto to demand land rights and an end to militarization and large-scale mining .

 

On October 12, 2012, a few days before historic negotiations between the FARC and Colombian government started, thousands marched in the Colombian city of Pasto, Nariño to show their dissatisfaction with the current administration and their desire “to construct peace with social justice.”

Extractives, ethnic peoples and free, prior and informed consent in Colombia

29 November 2012

As governments, companies, non-governmental organizations and ethnic communities address increased investment in extractives in Colombia, critical questions arise on how to ensure policies and practices are more aligned with respecting the human rights enshrined in Colombian and international legal frameworks, particularly in the context of internal armed conflict.

Support Teofilo Acuna, president of the FEDEAGROMISBOL, Sur de Bolivar

23 November 2012

The mining of rich agricultural lands in Colombia has led to the destruction of communities, disruption of traditional ways of life and the empowerment of paramilitaries protecting the interests of powerful local elites and international companies.  Human rights defenders like Teófilo Acuña, leader of the agro-mining federation FEDEAGROMISBOL, are at the forefront of protecting land and community rights, and face serious threat as a result.

Thousands march against La Colosa Gold Mine in Ibagué

20 October 2012

Thousands of Colombians took to the streets of Ibagué, Tolima, yesterday to express their opposition to the proposed AngloGold Ashanti La Colosa gold mine.  Here are some photos of the Fourth March/Carnival in Defence of Water and Life.

 

Jhonel Cárdenas, social leader in Curumaní (Cesar), was victim of an assassination attempt

14 September 2012
Jhonel Cárdenas Castrillo is a communitarian leader, and the local president of the political party Polo Democrático Alternativo (Democratic Alternative Pole). He suffered an attempt of assassination last Friday, September 7th, at 6:30 pm. He  was home when an armed individual fired at him.  Fortunately Mr. Cárdenas wasn’t hit and was able to disarm the shooter who ran out of Mr.Cardenas’s house and escaped on a motorcycle which was driven by his accomplice. 

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