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Wave of arrests in ongoing persecution of the Congreso de los Pueblos’ national leaders in Colombia

16 December 2020

We, the Congreso de los Pueblos — a Colombian social movement seeking to build popular power and dignity in life — are suffering a new wave of arbitrary detentions of our leaders. In less than twelve hours, three comrades and social leaders have been unjustly arrested across different regions of Colombia. All three are land defenders, peasant men who have dedicated their lives to their communities, struggling for el buen vivir through building popular power. 

Colombia: between genocide and resistance

17 September 2020

Being Colombian and living in Colombia at this time,looks like a terrible picture of history, and realizing that although the years pass, the landscapes and characters portrayed mutate, change their appearance, but do not alter the original order of the image.

Humanitarian camp for life set up in response to the humanitarian crisis in Colombia

7 September 2020

Bogotá, September 7, 2020 - From early morning hours, nearly 30 people have decided to set up a humanitarian camp in front of one of the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Bogotá, seeking  for this organization to establish official channels of communication with the national government to face the humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing, so that immediate measures can be taken to stop the assassination of social leaders, dismantle paramilitarism and definitively stop the massacres.

Call to international community on prison's situation in Colombia

24 March 2020

In the framework of the emergency measures resulting from the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Sars-Cov 2 (COVID-19), on March 21, a day of protest was held on March 21, 2020 from 9:00 p.m, in many of Colombia´s prison and penitentiary centers, in which those people who are deprived of liberty demanded effective sanitary measures that would protect those in State custody. 

ESMAD as a kidnapping agency

7 February 2020

Dilan’s murder was not an isolated act: it was the predictable outcome of orders given, operational methods adopted, weapons and ammunition issued, and training provided. Dilan became a symbol of national order. The series of excuses given by the government recalls the perverse logic used to explain the deaths of Dimas Torres and Flower Trompeta, both assassinated by the armed forces.
In the streets, after the attack on Dilan, the abolition of the Colombian riot squad — known by its Spanish acronym, ESMAD — became an undying demand on the part of demonstrators around the country.

Massacres in the department of Cauca and resignation of the Minister of Defense

7 January 2020

Five Nasa indigenous guards were murdered on October 29, 2019 in the Cauca department of southern Colombia. The massacre is part of a wave of killings in Colombia's most conflicting regions. Regions where communities oppose mega-energy projects and demand the right to control their territory. This is the case of the Aboriginal guard, who, using a symbolic stick representing the collective authority of the community, defend their territories from all threats that jeopardize the very possibility of living there.

Canadian companies involved in upcoming Colombian fracking projects

16 December 2019

What can we glean from mainstream media reports about Canadian corporations involved in the oil and gas sector in Colombia?

What can we further discern about the companies that may have some involvement with the fracking pilot projects expected to start soon in that country?

Additionally, what impact might their business activities have on human rights, the environment and the peace process in Colombia?