Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC)
PRESS RELEASE: 29-05-13
Yesterday a delegation of approximately 1,500 villagers travelled to the Perol Lagoon to carry out an inspection, following a series of pronouncements by the government and the mining company that the Conga project is advancing. The villagers were prevented from carrying out the inspection by the national police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. One man, José Guillermo Cueva, aged 30, was injured in the arm and stomach.
Ecumenical Peace Table
(Mesa Ecuménica por la Paz)
Bogotá, 27 May 2013
"OUT OF AN ETHIC FOR PEACE
WILL COME A PEACE WITH ETHICS"
On May 18 and 19 2013 approximately 300 leaders of various Christian churches gathered at the Pontifical Javierian University in the city of Bogotá in an Ecumenical Forum for Peace, to deliberate and reflect on the importance of applying an ethical framework in the context of the current dialogues between the government and the FARC. The Ecumenical Peace Table movement was publically launched during the Forum.
Petition online: Demand the Colombian government security for women’s organizer Alfamir Castillo and her lawyers
Darbey Mosquera, son of Alfamir Castillo, was murdered on 28 February 2008 by the Colombian Army and then presented as a guerrilla killed in combat -these cases are known as "falsos positivos" and represent a crime against humanity.Since then Alfamir Castillo together with her husband have been fighting for justice; she is also an organsier of the women in Pradera, Valle del Cauca, a sugar cane cutters town.
A chara, - The article by Deirdre McQuillan on Colombian coffee production ("The journey from bean to cup", Magazine, November 16th) would appear to have been written from only one point of view. Nestlé, the company that invited Ms McQuillan to Colombia, is a large multinational whose human rights record in that country has been questioned on many occasions.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addresses the murder of agrarian leader and environmental activist in Colombia
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addresses the murder of agrarian leader and environmental activist in Colombia, as Free Trade Agreement goes full-speed ahead (full title)
On November 19th the Tánaiste (Vice-Prime Minister in Ireland) Eamon Gilmore, addressed the parliamentary questions raised by TDs Maureen O'Sullivan, Clare Daly and Seán Crowe, in relation to growing concerns about the escalation of political repression in Colombia. In recent months, scores of left-wing activists, trade union organisers, protesters and human rights' defenders have been murdered. Many more have been imprisoned, injured and harassed.
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Pope Francisco welcomed a group of Argentineans, including an EJOLT member, Antonio Gustavo Gomez, an Attorney General from Argentina, yesterday on November 11th, 2013, in the Vatican. The meeting lasted an hour, with the participation of the film director Pino Solanas, well known for his film "Dirty Gold", about mega-mining. They spoke about water contamination and the Pope mentioned that he is preparing an encyclical about nature, humans and environmental pollution.
Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won't make it happen: in this oil-rich country the only thing imploding is poverty
For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela have argued that its economy would implode. Like communists in the 1930s rooting for the final crisis of capitalism, they saw economic collapse just around the corner. How frustrating it has been for them to witness only two recessions: one directly caused by the opposition's oil strike (December 2002-May 2003) and one brought on by the world recession (2009 and the first half of 2010). However, the government got control of the national oil company in 2003, and the whole decade's economic performance turned out quite well,, with average annual growth of real income per person of 2.7% and poverty reduced by over half, and large gains for the majority in employment, access to health care, pensions and education.
The murder of a peasant leader who had opposed the mining project of La Colosa (Cajamarca, Tolima)
In the afternoon of the 2 November, the peasant leader César García, president of the community association (Junta de Acción Comunal) of Cajon La Leona, was killed in cold blood by a shot to the head as he returned to his homestead with his wife and son . García had become visible through his participation in the Environmental and Rural Committee of Cajamarca for the defence of life, water and food (Comité Ambiental y Campesino de Cajamarca por la Defensa de la Vida, el Agua y el Alimento), an organisation which has been leading the community´s struggle against the large-scale extractive project La Colosa. This open-cast mine has been denounced in Tolima because of the disastrous impact it would have on the community and the environment. The community of Tolima has expressed its rejection of the project through a series of massive demonstrations in defence of water and life, as well as through a popular consultation which took place in the municipality of Piedras on 28 July. On that occasion, 99.2% of the population rejected the mega-mine, with participation of approximately 60% of the electorate .