April 9, 2015

Colombia: Provide Protection to Peasant Leader and Community at Risk (UA 82/15)

Miguel Briceño, a leader of the peasant farmer community El Porvenir in central Colombia, has been threatened as attempts to forcibly displace the community intensify.
1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
  • Expressing concern for the safety of Miguel Briceño, other members of the peasant farmer communities of El Porvenir and Matarraton, and the Indigenous Cubeo-Sikuani community, which may lead to their forced displacement, and urging the authorities to provide effective protection for them in accordance with their wishes;
  • Calling on the authorities to order a full and impartial investigation into threats against Miguel Briceño, publish the results and bring those responsible to justice;
  • Urging them to take immediate action to dismantle paramilitary groups and break the links between them and the security forces;
  • Urging them to take urgent action to ensure that the community of El Porvenir secures legal ownership over their lands.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with "UA 82/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.