Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Colombia: Manifesto for Peace, Until the Last Drop of Our Dreams

1 March 2012

In the heart of the Americas lies a human refuge embraced by three mountain ranges, lulled by lush valleys, dense jungles, and bathed by two oceans. Springs and flowing rivers convert its lands into wonders of fertility, culminating to the south in Amazonia -- all of which makes Colombia an object greatly coveted. And from that avarice begins the people's martyrdom: from the cartography of the greed of a handful. Colombia, despite possessing everything it needs to create a dignified life for all 48 million of its inhabitants, suffers because an elite perpetuates colonial violence, clinging to local control while offering the country’s wealth to transnational power, and condemning the people to a bloody history of plunder.  

We have forgotten just how many generations have passed without ever experiencing even a hint of peace, nor a single leader with the will to allow real democracy to dwell for once in this land, instead of the macabre pantomime of ritual voting that loses its democratic substance through its dependance on the extermination of the political opposition. Through incessant repression, these rulers have tried to force us to bury our cries of overwhelming humanity in the depths of our pain.

1. Making social empathy the first step towards real peace

We have decided to conjugate the feelings of our people in the first person plural, because we embody diversity, and because we have made social empathy the first step towards a real peace -- our people’s feelings cry out for justice in the voice of their exiled, dispossessed, impoverished, marginalized, disappeared, imprisoned, silenced, tortured and killed. And we have decided also to be the "we" who accompany our prisoners and dead, for although the violence of an intolerant elite has sought to erase their ideas and dreams, physically eliminating them or separating them from us by means of vile jailhouse bars, they continue to live in us through their desire for justice and dignity.

2. Terror that aligns the latifundios with big business

Sixty-eight percent of Colombians live in poverty, with eight million of us wandering destitute through the streets. More than 5 million of us have been violently displaced by the repressive forces of the state or by paramilitaries working closely with the military regime. We have been subjected to the kind of terror that aligns the latifundios (large estates) on the side of transnational capital, to the detriment of the conditions necessary for our survival and dignity, as well as to the detriment of food sovereignty and of peace. Massacres, bombings, spraying and poisoning of the soil and water precede our mournful marches of forced exile. We -- campesinos, Afro-descendants, and indigenous people who have struggled to live on the soil of our ancestors --  have been exiled.
We are torn apart by pain that has already exceeded the tolerable limits of suffering. When we protest, we suffer extermination or are subjected to the ostracism and censorship that state terror imposes.

3. Opening up space for tolerance to social demands from which to speak of peace

We are eight thousand political prisoners who have had all our human rights violated, eight thousand who cry out amid the indifference of this society, silenced and driven to alienation, who proclaim, even while suffering abhorrent torture, that dignity cannot be torn out in the same way they have torn out our fingernails and that prison bars cannot prevent the existence of our dreams. The prison system, which we denounce as an extermination camp for social demands, goes so far as to deny us health care and does so as a form of torture, pushing us to the point of death. Social organization, critical thinking, and the study of history and Colombian society have all been banned. Human rights defenders, trade unionists, critical intellectuals, and artists committed to their milieu, environmentalists, community leaders, and peasants, all of us are considered criminals and "terrorists”.
We are advocates of peace, and we are silenced for not accepting the reality that tens of thousands of children die annually in Colombia of malnutrition, lack of potable water, and curable diseases; for demanding a free education as the only road to sovereignty; for demanding that health care be a right and not a commodity; for raising our voices against the looting of our resources. There is a war by the state against thought and empathy. The forces of repression, be they official or paramilitaries, murder us even if we have never taken up arms. Countless voices lie in mass graves, many others are scattered on the pavement among puddles of blood left by assassins paid to eliminate dissident voices.

4. The unmentionable war -- the dirty war

We civilians are being decimated by the dirty war. State terrorism is also part of the war, the part that is never mentioned in the mass media and yet represents the most abundant source of the bloodbath. The key to peace is to demand an end to the state practice of exterminating civilian participation in politics because, upon seeing this systematic marginalizing of participation in politics, people look to arms as the means of raising social demands.
We are not "the oldest democracy in Latin America" because we have not experienced democracy. They force us to remain silent so that we become complicit in the bloody "Security", which is nothing more than the security necessary to carry out transnational plunder without having to heed the just demands of the people; a "security" that translates into violation of the food sovereignty of the majority.

5. U.S. interventionism underpins the war and represents a regional risk

Those same interests that have converted a portion of Colombia's poor into cannon fodder to protect the interests of transnational corporations and of a Creole minority also allow the installation of the imperialist threat against our brothers and sisters in the region. We have been condemned to relinquishing the sovereignty we inherited from the nineteenth century campaigns of liberation, and we are witnesses to the installation of U.S. military bases from which they impose the doctrines of trampling of human rights and control of drug trafficking as one more tool of domination. USAmericans enjoy total impunity for crimes committed in Colombia, by virtue of the immunity granted to them by the Colombian state. The U.S. justifies its intervention under the pretext of the "war on drugs" when in reality this fortifies its own coffers as well as a government and its narco-paramilitary structures, at the same time criminalizing the peasant cultivator of coca leaf despite knowing it is not cocaine.

6. Peace is not the extreme degradation of one’s opponent         


These are the same rulers who pose displaying cut-off hands and break out in gleeful laughter next to corpses; the same ones who would turn us all into cheerleaders for extermination. They are the same leaders who put a price on life, who created the so-called "false positives" that are nothing but the murder of civilians used to stage military-media productions for psychological warfare: using corpses for necrophiliac exhibitionism that tries to degrade their opponents by presenting them as a pieces of meat in body bags. We declare that these Colombian women and men are not pieces of meat, and we reject this strategy of state terror that sickens the whole of society, degrading its morality.
Raise high the cry for peace with social justice for the majority: a peace born of joint discussion.

7. Political negotiation, structural changes, questioning the economic model

The Colombian people cry out for a political solution: to implement basic structural changes to eliminate the conditions of deprivation, inequality and exclusion that have given rise to multiple forms of resistance. We urgently need an authentic agrarian reform, the cessation of the state practice of eliminating political opponents, the dismantling of the paramilitary strategy, a stop to the selling off of the country via concessions to multinational corporations (multinational mining companies now lay claim to 40 percent of the country), and an end to submission to the U.S. boot. This requires rethinking the development model of Colombian society: to remain a dependent economy, conceived of as a warehouse of resources with no endogenous development, sows the seeds of war.
This is not a matter of superficial negotiation, nor of negotiating incentives for the 'rehabilitation' for insurgents, which would only result in the reintegration of thousands of women and men into the nightmare of hunger growing daily in the cities’ beltway slums of misery. Nor is it about negotiating a 'reintegration' for the purpose of substantiating after the fact that thousands of 'reintegrated persons' have suffered extermination as a result being unarmed, as has already happened more than once in the history of Colombia. We appeal to social and historical responsibility; we do not want to endorse another mass genocide nor can we pretend that the dispossessed peasantry will resign itself to indignity.

8. Redefining the sides in the conflict with ancomprehensive vision to advance towards peace

Peace is not just an agreement between the government and the guerrillas, because the sides in a conflict go beyond such a narrow definition that seeks only to deprive the conflict of its true social and economic character: on all sides we are Colombians. Furthermore, we also consider as part of the conflict the transnational corporations that benefit from the plunder, causing massacres and displacing populations; and likewise the United States, which continually intervenes in our affairs. One of the essential points in the problem is the gigantic business that the U.S. and European military-industrial complex does with the Colombian government: the buying of destructive war machines financed by the public treasury, and the growing external debt illegitimately imposed on the people of Colombia.

9. For peace with social justice, until the last drop of our dreams

We do not believe in agreements that are based solely on the surrender of arms, because what would constitute a true peace in Colombia would be for the greedy to put aside their greed and to stop the depredation of Colombia’s resources at the expense of the exploitation and genocide of its people. To achieve peace, it would be necessary for the owners of the latifundios, the transnational corporations and the military class to deactivate their military machinery; and to stop once and for all the claims of military jurisdiction and other slights of hand by the dismal mechanism of impunity that perpetuates this horror. The military expense is enormous -- more than 12 billion dollars annually. For the sake of peace, we demand that this amount be invested in health, education, housing and internal development.
We want to be able to participate in a broad political debate and in social construction without being assassinated. We want an end to extermination used against social protest, we want political prisoners freed, and we want forced disappearances to end... . These are some steps. 
Our intention is to come closer to the dreams of a people that under the threat of terror have been slow to awaken. We make a call to international public opinion to join in solidarity with the people of Colombia and to accompany it in the process of political negotiation of the social and armed conflict. We understand that the conflict is first of all social, and becomes armed due to the political intolerance of the government and because the primary reason for the length of the war in Colombia is the aid that the United States provides to the state apparatus.
In the heart of the Americas, to the sound of drums, of flutes, and of accordions, the soul of a people dances, nurturing in its polychromatic skin millennia of history, guarding hidden wisdoms whispered in the jungles. A people mourns over the tombs scattered among its silent latitudes. Colombia pulses to a geography replete with lilting waterfalls, abundant greens, rising, expansive, hidden jungles, appearing vast and immeasurable. Nothing in it is avarice, everything is abundance. Its people demand to live with dignity in this paradise that such a very few lay claim to as theirs alone. For peace, until the last drop of our dreams!
February 2012, arising from essential empathy, the team of collaborators at La Pluma 

First signatories


Atilio A. Boron, politólogo argentino
Santiago Alba Rico, escritor, España
Franck Gaudichaud, Catedrático. Francia
Bernard Duterme, Sociólogo, director del Centro Tricontinental (CETRI) basado en Louvain-la-Neuve, Bélgica
Fausto Giudice, escritor y traductor. Miembro fundador de Tlaxcala, la red de traductores por la diversidad lingüística
Michel Collon, periodista, Bélgica
Luis Casado, escritor, Editor de Politika, Chile, colaborador de La Pluma
PAIZ (Partido de Izquierda) Chile
Salvador Muñoz Kochansky, Presidente PAIZ (Partido de Izquierda). Chile
Camilo Navarro, Sociólogo. Miembro Dirección PAIZ. Chile
Luis Alberto Jaqui Muñoz. Administrador Público. Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Ex UTE). Coordinador Nacional Estudiantil PAIZ (Partido de Izquierda). Chile
Silvia Cattori - Periodista suiza
Carlos Aznárez, periodista, director de Resumen Latinoamericano, Argentina
José Bustos, periodista argentino residente en Francia, colaborador de La Pluma
Manuel Talens, novelista, traductor y articulista, miembro fundador de Tlaxcala, la red de traductores por la diversidad lingüística.
Renán Vega Cantor, historiador. Profesor titular de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, de Bogotá, Colombia. Premio Libertador, Venezuela, 2008
Miguel Ángel Beltrán V., Profesor del Departamento de Sociología de la  Universidad Nacional de Colombia y perseguido político
Víctor Montoya, escritor boliviano
Carlos (Koldo) Campos Sagaseta de Ilúrdoz, Poeta, dramaturgo y columnista, Republica Dominicana
Ossaba, Artista Plástico, Colaborador de La Pluma. Francia
María Piedad Ossaba, periodista, directora de La Pluma. Francia
Lilliam Eugenia Gómez, Ph.D. Eco-Etología, IA. Colaboradora de La Pluma Colombia.
Álvaro Lopera, Ingeniero químico, Colaborador de La Pluma Colombia.
Juan Diego García, Doctor en Sociología, Colaborador de La Pluma. España
Marta Lucía Fernández, filósofa, Colaboradora de La Pluma. Colombia.
Jorge Eliécer Mejía Diez, abogado colombiano, colaborador de La Pluma. Bélgica
Azalea Robles, periodista, poeta. Colaboradora de La Pluma y de otros medios
Lía Isabel Alvear. Ingeniera Agrónoma. Colaboradora de La Pluma. Colombia.
Rafael Enciso Patiño, Economista Investigador. Colaborador de La Pluma. Venezuela
Matiz, artista colombiano. Colaborador de La pluma. Bélgica
Éric Meyleuc poeta, escritor, hombre de teatro y militante sindical. Francia
Salvador López Arnal, colaborador de rebelión y El Viejo Topo.
Elio Ríos Serrano, médico, ambientalista y escritor. Maracaibo, Venezuela
Gilberto López y Rivas, Profesor-Investigador Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México
Pedro Vianna, poeta, escritor, hombre de teatro y militante asociativo. Francia
Cristina Castello- Poeta y periodista argentina residente en Francia
André Chenet. Poeta y editor de revistas. Francia
Sandrine Féraud. Poeta. Francia
Cédric Rutter, periodista. Bélgica
David Acera Rodríguez, actor. Asturias (España)
Sinfo Fernández Navarro, Traductora Madrid
Susana Merino, Traductora Rebelión. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Agustín Velloso, profesor de la UNED. Madrid
Rosina Valcárcel, escritora, Lima, Perú
José Antonio Gutiérrez D. analista político solidario con los movimientos populares de Colombia
Carlos Casanueva Troncoso, secretario general Movimiento Continental Bolivariano 
Dick Emanuelsson, Reportero Suecia-Honduras
Mirian Emanuelsson, Reportera Suecia-Honduras
José Rouillon Delgado  Sociólogo-Educador Lima-Perú
Martín Almada, Defensor de los Derechos Humanos de Paraguay.
Graciela Rosenblum, presidenta Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre, Argentina
Annalisa Melandri, periodista. Italia 
Sandra Marybel Sánchez, miembro del Colectivo de Periodistas por la Vida y la Libertad de Expresión. Honduras
Miguel Segovia Aparicio, Poeta; Barcelona, España
Badi Baltazar, escritor. Bélgica
Antón Gómez-Reino Varela, Tone. Activista social. Galicia
Winston Orrillo. Premio Nacional de Cultura del Perú
Myriam Montoya, Poeta. Francia
Jaime Jiménez, abogado colombiano
Enrique Santiago Romero, abogado, ex director del CEAR. España
Hernando Calvo Ospina, periodista y escritor colombiano. Francia
Ramón Chao, periodista y escritor gallego. Francia
Jaime Corena Parra, Físico, Ingeniero Industrial y Doctor en Didáctica de las Ciencias. Venezuela
Fernando Reyes U., Economista. Venezuela
Sergio Camargo, escritor y periodista colombiano. Francia
Colectivo Regional de apoyo a Vía Campesina y Salvación agropecuaria. Colombia
Campaña Permanente por la Libertad de lxs Prisionerxs Políticxs Colombianxs, Capítulo Cono Sur
Juan Cristóbal, poeta peruano y periodista
Cristóbal González Ramírez. Periodista y profesor universitario retirado  y pensionado. Colombia
Antonio Mazzeo, periodista, escritor, Italia 
Mario Casasús,  periodista, México
Mario Osava, Periodista, Brasil
Félix Orlando Giraldo Giraldo, Médico. Colombia
Polo Democrático Alternativo-Seccional Suiza.
Mónica Alejandra Leyton Cortes .Estudiante; Miembro del Colectivo Soberanía y Naturaleza. Colombia
Eliecer Jiménez Julio-Periodista-Suiza
Ángela Peña Marín socióloga MsC en educación Ambiental, Colombia
Marta Eugenia Salazar Jaramillo, comunicadora social, Colombia
Diana María Peña Economista, Colombia
Adolfo León Gómez; Economista; Colombia
Héctor Castro, abogado. Francia
Elisa Norio, defensora de de derechos humanos y ambientalista. Italia
Guadalupe Rodríguez,  activista e investigadora de Salva la Selva. España
Jaime Corena Parra, Físico, Ingeniero Industrial y Doctor en Didáctica de las Ciencias. Venezuela
Fernando Reyes U., Economista. Venezuela
Enrique Lacoste Prince, artista cubano. Colaborador de La pluma. Cuba


Aurora Tumanischwili Penelón, FeTERA FLORES (Federación de trabajadores de la energía de la República Argentina en CTA)
Guillermo López., FeTERA FLORES (Federación de trabajadores de la energía de la República Argentina en CTA) 
Ingrid Storgen, Responsable del colectivo Amigos por La Paz en Colombia.
Marta Speroni, Militante por los DD.HH. 
Igor Calvo, Militante de base del FNRP Honduras
Aline Castro, Red por ti América, Brasil.
María Rosa González, Comunicadora Social Alejandro Cabrera Britos, Delegado general, ATE, Senasa Martínez, Dilab en CTA
Carlos Guancirrosa, Agrupación Enrique Mosconi
Carlos Loza, Junta Interna de ATE, AGP (Asociación General de Puertos en la Central de Trabajadores de La Argentina, CTA)
Eduardo Espinosa (Asociación de Trabajadores del Estado, en CTA), Ministerio de Desarrollo Humano de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Carina Maloberti, Consejo Directivo Nacional - ATE-CTA
Convocatoria por la Liberación Nacional y Social, Frente Sindical, Argentina:
Agrupación Martín Fierro (Varela - Alte. Brown - Matanza - Mar del Platay Neuquen),
Agrupación "Germán Abdala" - ATE-Ministerio de Trabajo de la Nación,
Movimiento de Trabajadores Desocupados Flamarión-Rosario, Democracia Popular-Rosario, Comunidad Campesina de Tratagal-Salta, Biblioteca Popular Fernando Jara-Cipoletti-Río Negro, Unión de Trabajadores de la Provincia de Chubut.


RedHer Europa (Red europea de Hermanadas y Solidaridad con el pueblo colombiano)
Tribunal Internacional de Opinión Sur de Bolivar, Paris, Francia
La Confederación General del Trabajo del Estado Español (CGT).
Colectivo Coliche, La Rioja. España
El Comité de Solidaridad Internacionalista de Zaragoza. España
PASC Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie. Canadá
CO.S.A.L. XIXÓN(Comité de Solidaridad con America Latina de Xixon)
ASSIA (Acción Social Sindical Internacionalista).Estado Español
Komite Internazionalistak de Euskal Herria-País Vasco
Comitato di Solidarietà con i Popoli del Latino America Carlos Fonseca (Italie)
Colectivo Iquique de la Universidad de Zaragoza. Estado español


RedHer Colombia (Red de Hermandad y Solidaridad con Colombia)
Aca - Asociación Campesina De Antioquia
Acader - Asociación Campesina Para El Desarrollo Rural- Cauca
Afasba - Asociación De Familias Agromineras Del Sur De Bolívar y Bajo Cauca Antioqueño
Alianza De Mujeres De Cartagena: "Nelson Mándela"
Amar – Arauca
Ascatidar – Arauca
Asedar – Arauca
Asoagros - Asociación De Agrosembradores. Valle
Asociación Agroambiental Y Cultural De Taminango – Nariño
Asociación Agrominera Del Rio Saspí – Nariño
Asociación De Arrierros De La Montaña De Samaniego – Nariño
Asociación De Mujeres Y Familias Campesinas Sanpableñas - Cima Nariño
Asociación Movimiento Campesino De Cajibío – Cauca
Asociación Agroambiental Y Cultural De Arboleda – Nariño
Asojer – Arauca
Asonalca – Arauca
Asoproa – Antioquia
Cabildo Indígena del Sande Nariño
Cabildo Indígena de Betania Nariño
Cecucol - Centro Cultural Las Colinas. Valle
Ced Ins - Instituto Nacional Sindical
Cima - Comité De Integración Del Macizo Colombiano
Cisca - Comité De Integración Social Del Catatumbo
Cna – Choco
Cna - Coordinador Nacional Agrario
Cna Huila
Colectivo Icaria – Antioquia
Colectivo Orlando Zapata – Antioquia
Colectivo Soberanía Y Naturaleza
Colectivo Surcando Dignidad – Valle
Comité De Integración Del Galeras - Ciga Nariño
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Antioquia
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Atlántico
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Centro
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Eje Cafetero
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Nororiente
Confluencia De Mujeres Para La Acción Pública – Suroccidente
Comité De Derechos Humanos De La Montaña De Samaniego – Nariño
Consejo Comunitario Del Remate Rio Telembi Nariño
Coordinador Nariñense Agrario
Corporación "Somos Mujer y Nación"
Corporación Aury Sará Marrugo
Corporación Jurídica Libertad – Medellín
Corporación Sembrar
Corporación Social Nuevo Día – Medellín
Cospacc - Corporación Social Para El Asesoramiento Y Capacitación Comunitaria
Cut  - Subdirectiva Arauca
Escuelas Agroambientales De La Unión – Nariño
F.C.S.P.P. - Fundación Comité De Solidaridad Con Los Presos Políticos
Fcspp - Seccional Valle
Fedeagromisbol - Federación Agrominera Del Sur De Bolívar
Fedejuntas – Arauca
Frente De Mujeres Populares De Bolívar
Fundación De D.H Joel Sierra – Arauca
Fundación Del Suroccidente Y Macizo Colombiano - Fundesuma Nariño
Fundación Territorios Por Vida Digna – Cauca
Fundación Tomas Moro –Sucre
Kavilando – Antioquia
Lanzas Y Letras – Huila
Movimiento De Mujeres De Los Pueblos De Nariño
Movimiento Juvenil De Nariño
Movimiento Juvenil Macizo Joven De Nariño
Mujeres Sobre Ruedas
Nomadesc - Asociación Para La Investigación y Acción Social
Organizaciones Sociales De Arauca
Periódico Periferia – Medellín
Pup – Poder y Unidad Popular
Proceso Nacional Identidad Estudiantil- Palmira
Proceso Nacional Identidad Estudiantil-Cali
Red  De Jóvenes Populares De Cartagena
Red De Agrosembradores De La Cordillera Nariñense
Red De Chigreros De Guachavez – Nariño
Red De Familias Lorenceñas "Las Gaviotas" – Nariño
Red Proyecto Sur - Huila

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