Afro-descendant Community of Caracoli in Colombia Not Evicted (UA 154/09)

Victory
July 20, 2009

Afro-descendant Community of Caracoli in Colombia Not Evicted (UA 154/09)

Local police in the Curvarado region of Colombia were preparing to serve an eviction notice on the community of Caracoli on June 18. However, thanks in part to pressure from the international community, the Colombian Constitutional Court ordered the immediate suspension of the eviction notice and called for the protection of the community, which consists of over 100 people. The eviction notice had been ordered by a local judge despite the central government's repeated recognition that the residents of Caracoli legally own their lands and have a right to remain there. Caracoli is included in a collective land title, owned by the local Afro-descendant community, covering the region of Curvarado and Jiguamiando.