Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Red de Hermandad (RedHer)

Colombia's Prisons - Bastions of Inequality and Injustice

7 February 2012
Miguel Angel Beltran

The media announced a new corruption scandal in the “Picota” National Prison last week, this time due to the Nule businessmen (brothers Miguel, Manuel and Guido), being sentenced for the so-called "Contracting Carousel in Bogota" to paltry sentences of 7 years (and in the case of their business partner Mauricio Galofre, to only 6 years 8 months), for the crime of embezzlement by irregular management and for the appropriation of about 70 billion Colombian pesos as an advance on three contracts given by the IDU (Urban Development Institute).

Marmato municipal council prohibits open-pit mining and resettlement of historic centre

22 December 2011

With implications for Canadian multinational Gran Colombia Gold's proposed open-pit mine, this communiqué from the Marmato Defence Committee and the Regional Indigenous Council of Caldas (CRIDEC) indicates that the local municipality will now prohibit open-pit mining and resettlement of the historic town centre. Recent changes to the municipal land use plan also include recognition of the Embera Chamí indigenous community within Marmato and prioritization of water and environmental protection.

The Municipalities of Arboleda and San Lorenzo Denounce the Activities of Gran Colombia Gold in the Department of Nariño

5 December 2011

The Mazamorras Gold mining project, owned by Canadian multinational Gran Colombia Gold, and directed by ex-Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister María Consuelo Araujo, is located between the municipalities of Arboleda and San Lorenzo, in the Department of Nariño, Colombia.  The company is currently moving ahead with mining exploration activities, which has led to chaos and confrontation in and around local communities. Given this, we feel obliged to publicly denounce the following, which have occurred as a result of Gran Colombia Gold's presence in the region:

Update on the Conflict Surrounding Canadian Company Gran Colombia Gold: The Governor of Nariño States his Opposition to Open-Pit Mining on Campesino Land

26 November 2011
Protestors at the governor’s office, Pasto, Narino. December 5th 2011.

Following recent mobilizations against Canadian mining company Gran Colombia Gold, and clashes with between residents and police in Nariño, Colombia, the governor of the department signed an open letter on November 23rd,  stating his opposition to open-pit mining on land currently being cultivated by campesinos [small farmers].

Canadian Gran Colombia Gold Responsible for New Abuses Against Campesinos in the Municipality of Arboleda, Department of Nariño.

21 November 2011

The Mazamorras Gold mining project, owned by Canadian multinational Gran Colombia Gold, and directed by ex-Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister María Consuelo Araujo, is located between the municipalities of Arboleda and San Lorenzo, in the Department of Nariño, Colombia. The company is currently moving ahead with mining exploration activities, which has created an environment of chaos and confrontation in and around local communities.

Statement By Tribes And Communities Affected by Mining Megaprojects in La Guajira

20 November 2011

In the provincial reserve in the jurisdiction of the Barrancas municipality in the department of Guajira, from November 18th to 20th, 2011, we consider the issues that have arisen as a result of the request for permission to expand the Cerrejón mining project, as well as the impacts from this project's open pit mining activities for the las 35 years in La Guajira.

Especial attention was drawn by the active participation during these meetings on the part of traditional autorities, women, youngsters and children.

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