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Sopina will also try to provide a general explanation of the conflict as a whole. As a scholar of peace and conflict, I see these public displays of dissent as proof that peace is effectively taking hold in Colombia after decades of bloody violence. This has increased insecurity and displacement in Afro-Colombian areas.

From February to November of this year, 41 murders of Venezuelan women have been reported by news media outlets across Latin America. At least community leaders have been murdered in Colombia since Januaryincluding 93 since the start of this year. Colombian human rights activists demand action from their government to stop the violence.

And they will not be silenced: Through their stories, the documentary calls attention to the dangers human rights defenders in Colombia face every day. As noted in the film, in Colombia, a social leader is killed every 4 days. I consider this a historic and sacred place. I knew that as soon as I walked through the door and saw these leaders who have fought for human rights, for life, for fraternity, and for peace.

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The Colombian government must carry out the reforms promised in the agreement and bring the civilian part of the state into the conflict zones.

First, he spoke of Point 4 in the accords—which addresses the issue of illicit crop cultivation—emphasizing that the new government should follow what was agreed on. He also denounced plans to restart aerial fumigation programs and warned of their harmful effects.

We have not had any effective dialogue with the new government to observe the implementation of this plan. His community and his predecessors are the reason he continues to strive for justice. Their bodies are gone, but their fighting spirit is still with each and every one of us.

You can watch the documentary and request a screening in your community by going to www. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Click on the image to share it on Twitter! Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders. Since the signing of the Peace Agreement inat least social activists —most of them Afro-descendent and indigenous leaders—have been killed. This year alone, the number stands at over These deaths have sent shockwaves across Colombia and the Americas, prompting the creation of the documentary They’re Killing Uswhich features two social leaders from Colombia’s Cauca region.

Their story will be featured during a documentary tour screening in the United States throughout the coming weeks.

This afternoonwe will raise our voices in solidarity and demand that both the U. Join us from 5: Alto Comisionado para la Paz. In some rural districts of the municipality, the armed conflict is considered to have escalated significantly since the beginning of the implementation.


But well before the visit, the agreement was already fraying. La opsina no desfallece: According to the second report by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, released Thursday, implementation activity has been observed for 61 percent of the stipulations in the accord, with no activity observed yet for 39 percent of the stipulations, as of May 31, Welcome to LAWG’s Colombia News Brief, a compilation of the last week’s top articles and reports on issues of peace, justice, human rights, and more in Colombia.

Do you dolombia someone dolombia might be interested in receiving the Colombia News Brief? Por masacres murieron The period under review was largely dominated by the electoral process.

Tangible short-term results are essential to ensure negotiations continue when Duque takes power on 7 August. This means that Su directora lanza una alerta. Three areas should be lobro Disagreement over the way the peace accords are being rolled out is often characterized as a debate in Colombia over how hard or soft to be towards the former FARC guerrillas, understandably despised by much of Coombia society for their brutal actions.

They are mainly the poor rural population—often Afro-Colombian or indigenous, or small farmer campesino families. Most of them are women and children. The new government should steer clear of hardline policies that alienate the countryside ospjna hinder the ex-guerrilla’s path to civilian life. Es por esto que I will focus on two of the speakers: Behind the Global Card: As recently as Poligrow Ltd has faced accusations of using paramilitary forces to intimidate activists.

During the first round of voting libo took place on May ospinq, a slight majority of the electorate voted for candidates who support continuing the implementation of the peace accords. The chart below demonstrates the vote breakdown:. The agreement states the following:. McGovern in demanding justice for these crimes.

We have a strong national interest in a stable and prosperous Colombia. In first round voting on May 27,the voters chose polar opposites to go into a second round: Petro received the largest vote for a leftist presidential candidate in Colombian history.

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Neither candidate going on to the second round has the capacity to unite the divided country behind a common agenda. While his critics raise the specter of Venezuela, Petro emphasizes his commitment to the Constitution of Colombia.

While its promises are far from encrucijaxa fully, this constitution is a model of protection of individual rights as well as enshrining the first legal protections for the collective territorial rights of Afro-Colombian and indigenous peoples.

Petro pledges to implement the peace accords with the FARC and will be likely to move ahead with negotiations ospinq the remaining ELN guerrillas. Fajardo himself declared that he would cast a null vote. If Duque wins the second round, what happens with the peace accords is still undecided. Will he really seek to overturn the peace accords? That is difficult to do. More likely, he will simply undermine them by seeking unilateral changes in the terms of pieces of the accords and downplay them via lack of funding and implementation.

He has called for increasing the penalties that were agreed to in the accord on demobilized guerrilla leadership.

In a public event hosted by the U. Institute for Peace, the group of defenders shared their perspectives on the impact—and perils—of their work, and the state of peace in Colombia. I only have a third grade education and it is very little what you can learn at the school I attended. However, what Colomhia did learn was to fight for all human beings.

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Here, I am protected because I am here with all of you, thank God, but at that time, Colombiia had nothing, I had to leave, I had to hide. Socorro works with the Standing Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Colombia and, as a former victim of paramilitarism, she helps oversee and provide guidance to other victims in the Tame municipality of Arauca, including those searching for their missing loved ones. I think with all of you, coming from different places around the world, we are trying to assist perhaps the most painful birth Enrique volombia that Temistocles was murdered precisely due to failure of the government to recognize the legitimate owners of territories in Colombia.


Enrique works with the Interecclesiatic Commission on Justice and Peace Justicia y Paz in Buenaventura, where he supports communities who have suffered human rights violations. Enrique has documented hostilities against the community by armed groups. He has also spearheaded initiatives denouncing impunity and the loss of land in an effort to protect indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. There was misunderstanding that l an end to the situation with FARC rebels libgo end the violence—but we see the violence is increasing.

Unfortunately, the authorities serve as an obstacle. A lot has been said in the agreement but there is librro serious lack of specific details. The Association of Wayuu Women was created in in the middle of a wave willizm paramilitary violence. It served as an alliance between small villages and Wayuu organizations to shed light on the issues facing victims of the armed conflict, which included the presence of armed groups, and military occupation of their territory.

The organization has helped increase the political participation of Wayuu women and empowered them to become indigenous leaders. Ecrucijada is why so many people are angry. They qilliam impotent because of this powerful voice that we use to make public complaints. They see us as an obstacle to their individual plans. Its mission is to establish spaces for tolerance, understanding, and peaceful living on behalf of vulnerable and victimized populations from Barrancabermeja and Magdalena Medio.

The Swedish humanitarian agency Diakonia and the Church of Sweden sponsor the award, which was created in to combat the social and political stigmatization of defenders by highlighting their significant contributions to Colombia.

They can contribute to building peace. The hardworking and dedicated State Department officials who actually write these reports probably did their level best to keep coverage on these issues… but the word from the top was: Peace on paper is not enough.

Four days later, on January 17,they were found dead in the neighbourhood of el Progreso in Buenaventura. Their bodies were covered with bruises, stab gashes, and gunshot wounds. The signing of the peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC in November promised an end to the deadly year war that ravaged the country. The overall homicide rate in Colombia has dropped to an all-time low.

Yet since the beginning of their implementation, nearly community organizers and activists like Emilsen have been murdered. And hundreds more have received death threats. The Colombian government is failing to address this epidemic. In that spirit, Rep.

Jim McGovern D-MA and other members of Congress have started circulating a dear colleague letter in the House raising concerns about wilpiam accelerating rate of murders of social leaders and human rights defenders in Colombia.