Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Urgent Actions

Stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

29 March 2009

URGENT ACTION:

Stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement


On March 26, the Canadian federal government tabled the text of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and introduced implementing legislation in Parliament.

From this date, deputies dispose of 21 days to debate its ratification…which means 21 days to convince them not to approve it!

ACT NOW!!!


On November 21, 2008, in Lima, Peru, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez signed a free trade agreement (FTA) between the tw

STOP canadian free trad agreement with Colombia

6 November 2008


Will Canada go ahead with its secretly-negotiated Free Trade Agreement with Colombia while paramilitaries reaffirm their control in the country and the Colombian president publicly attacks human rights defense organizations?

Deportation of an international investigator from Colombia

3 October 2008

Christina Friederika Muller deported from Colombia.

Investigator with Masters in Communications

We, the below signed organisations, members of the Network of Solidarity and Friendship with Colombia denounce to the national and international community the deportation from Colombia of Christina Friederika Muller, a German citizen who was providing accompaniment to Human Rights Organisations.

We categorically reject this arbitary and unjust actions carried out by the Colombian Security Service (DAS) in the city of Cali.

Threats from recent days have become actions

10 September 2008

Threats from recent days have become actions

Strangers have entered the humanitarian zones under the cover of night

A member of Justicia y Paz was kidnapped for 1.5 hours.

The situation has never been so disturbing in the past several months.
PASC member Tania Hallé is still on the ground with the communities.

See below for a model letter and a summary of the facts.
If you send the model letter, don't forget to send us a hidden copy
(BCC), as well as any response you receive from Colombian authorities.

Thank you in advance,

Death threats sent to Human Rights organizations

21 April 2008

On 10 April 2008, several social and human rights organizations received a threatening email from a paramilitary group called "Águilas Negras, Bloque Norte de Colombia" ( Black Eagles, North Division of Colombia). The group declared as targets for assassination members of the Southern Bolivar Agricultural-Mining Federation (the Federation), Sembrar Corporation (a human rights organization), the Program for Development and Peace in the Middle Magdalena (Programa) and the parish priests of two rural communities, Tiquisio and Regidor, in southern Bolivar province.

Business leader seeks hired killer, ordering assassinations of Ligia Maria Chaverra and Manuel Denis Blandon.

21 February 2008

In spite of recognition of collective land ownership, deforestation, expansion of cattle ranching and palm planting and fruit extraction continue

FRANCISCO SANTOS

Vice President of the Republic

CARLOS HOLGUN SARDI

Minister of the Interior

FERNANDO ARAUJO

Minister of Foreign Relations

JUAN LOZANO

Minister of the Environment

MARIO IGUARAN ARANA

Federal Prosecutor

EDGARDO MAYA VILLAZON

Attorney General

VOLMAR PEREZ

Nacional People’s Ombudsman

JULIO CESAR TURBAY QUINTERO

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

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