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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

July 2019

Inmate in La Picota Prison in Bogotá dies after beating


Several inmates had refused to be locked up in their cells as protest due to the delay in arrival of food. In response to the protest the guards decided to throw gases at them. As if such a measure wasn’t enough, one guard proceeded to hit Rodolfo Cuello Cabria with a baton, several guards came to join in on the beating with “tonfas”, fists and kicks, which caused his death.


Verónica López: "The state consider many social leaders don't belong to organizations"


López is a social leader who has been working with the Solidarity Committee for Political Prisoners -CSPP in spanish- from Antioquia for five years. She is currently enrolled in the Basque Program for the Protection of Defenders developed in Euskadi since 2011. Véronica is touring Europe in order to bring attention to the worrisome situation on the issue of Human Rights in which Colombia is immersed.

Caravan for the lives, the territory and the dignity of the people of the bajo Atrato, Choco


As every year, the Red de Hermandad y Solidaridad con Colombia (REDHER) and the PASC invite you to a caravan for a few days to meet Colombian social organizations and learn about their struggles to defend the territory.Caravans are a mechanism used by Colombian organizations to break the isolation of communities dispossessed by war and its economic interests. They are composed by a group of observers from different national and international sectors.

Why is the war continuing in Colombia?


One out of every two days the Colombian social organizations denounce the assassination of a militant or activist. These people are those who require the protection of the environment, the best working conditions, the simple observance of laws and their social rights. It is those people who demand that multinational companies in the extractive sector come out of their territories and be guaranteed the return of the land that they had been robbed of, as well as a guarantee of the right to political opposition.


Interview : “In the era of globalization of repression, the struggle must be globalized.”


Dana Farraj is Palestinian. She studied law in her country and did a four-month internship in Colombia with Equipo Jurídico Pueblos. Dana is part of the Palestinian movement known as PULSE (Palestinian people united for freedom, solidarity, and emancipation), which in turn is a component of a youth forum called Nabd. In the formal presentation of PULSE, “the need arises for convergent initiatives and movements that fight for freedom and justice against oppression, exploitation, and discrimination around the world.

Indigenous people from Chocó, are resisting serious Human Right’s violations.


Indigenous communities in the Bajo Atrato gathered at Riosucio Chocó for the “ encuentro de los pueblos indigenas frinterizos del bajo Atrato y despesida Aquileíto mecheche vive”, in order to protest about the sistematic murder of indigenous leaders and highlight the serious human rights situation emerging in the territory.


The murder of social leaders in Colombia: what is the role of the government of Canada?

Honorable Parliamentarians, we address you as Colombian defenders of human rights, with the help and collaboration of sympathetic Canadians, to shout loudly that in Colombia THEY ARE KILLING US! They are killing our leaders, human rights defenders, and our defenders of life, of our communities, our waters, and our territories.

Unist’ot’en Do Not Consent To Man Camps Increasing Violence Against Our Women


Coastal Gaslink (CGL) is establishing a proposed industrial work camp (aka: ‘man camp’) site in Unist’ot’en Territory known as Camp 9A. CGL had not even completed the required site-specific archaeological survey before they began clearing land for this proposed ‘man camp’ site.

Black colombian leaders survive assassination attempt
Tens of thousands of

Colombians march in

defense of water and life

National Strike starting in April in Colombia

At one year of his unlawful arrest, movements continue to demand Free Julian Gil
Piedra, it is the rock of resistance, the rock which, placed in the powerfuls’ shoe, bothers. It is the one that, in all its diversity, constitutes our habitat, vital to our existence. It is the rock we throw. And, of course, it is the exploited rock. Extractivism, an economic model based on the exploitation of resources, ravages always increasingly here and elsewhere. It is in “Canada”, on colonized lands, that the majority of mining companies hold their headquarters. As so, the Canadian companies deploy their activities in Colombia in all impunity, and take advantage and participate in the political and social violence that hits this country living in war.
The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia is a collective which realizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations since 2003, while also creating links here and in Colombia of groups and individuals struggling against the imposition of mega-projects of resource extraction.