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Antioquia: when resistance rhymes with dignity

13 November 2017

The Caravan for life, territory, water and peace

This year, the caravan organized by La Redher, a space of articulation between Colombian organizations and internationalist groups, was held in Eastern Antioquia, in alliance with MOVETE, a social movement for the life and the defense of the territories based in this same region.

The New Colombian Genocide and What To Do About It

7 November 2017

We cannot ethically accept that certain people in Colombia are continuing to kill and attack leaders of community and social movements, trade unionists, and human rights defenders. If this does not cease, there cannot be any authentic, stable, durable peace. On the contrary, we will certainly enter another period of terror all too painfully reminiscent of what the Unión Patriótica suffered.
Mauricio Torres-Tovar
Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Access to the Cubiros oil well blocked in San Luis de Palenque

7 November 2017

The Cubiros oil well had been blocked for ten days until the protestors reached an agreement with the Canadian company Frontera Energy (previously known as Pacific Stratus, owned by Pacific Rubiales) to resume negotiations which had been interrupted in September.

When the oil companies meddle in the regulations of the Hydrocarbons Act

7 November 2017

In December 2016, in the middle of the night, Couillard government invoked closure on the adoption of Hydrocarbons Act, regardless of any opinions of the inhabitants of the territory, except the one from his oil and gas friend. Last September, it made public the draft regulations for the implementation of this law, which should come into force by the end of 2017. These regulations allow drilling near inhabited areas and in water bodies, inclined to believe the hands of oil company lobbyists wrote them.

Visit of Colombia's President: An Opportunity to Boost Commitment to Peace Process

31 October 2017

As the Canadian government prepares to welcome President Juan Manuel Santos to Ottawa for a State visit (October 29-31), the Americas Policy Group (APG) is calling on the Colombian President to bring an end to a disturbing wave of attacks against social leaders and human rights defenders, to advance without delay the implementation of the Peace Accord signed last year with the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), and to redouble efforts to reach a peace agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Trade agreements let Canadian companies make Colombian law

17 October 2017

Two Canadian mining companies are invoking the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, signed in 2008, as a means of extracting US $1 billion from the government of Colombia. The government’s crime: having had the temerity to protect its water resources while not doing enough to repress demonstrators.

The People’s Congress denounces the Tumaco massacre and calls to mobilisation

10 October 2017

The Colombian government in its anti-drugs policy implements in rural zones forced and militarized eradication of the illicit-use crops, a policy which has contributed to the violation of human rights of the peasant communities that demand a policy of crop substitution that is consulted and progressive.

Why is the south of Bogota on Strike ?

27 September 2017

Tomorrow September 27, the strike in the south of the capital of the country begins, it is organized by different urban sectors of the peripheral areas of the capital; but why is the south of Bogotá striking? Why on the 27th of September? This date remembers one of the greatest tragedies of public and environmental health of the Colombian cities. These environmental, social and political conflicts have only been getting worse as Diego Pinto presents in this article.

David and Goliath : the struggle in Pio XII

15 September 2017

The veredas (administrative districts) of Pio XII and Orotoy de Guamal, in the Meta department of Colombia, have been campaigning since February to prevent Ecopetrol from operating an exploratory well on the “La Porfía” property.