05/04/2020

Urgent Action: Indigenous Community Attacked (Colombia: UA 70.20)


On 24 April, at around 11 am, an unknown individual entered the indigenous community of ASEIMPOME, in the Meta Region (Central Colombia). When the indigenous guard was warned, the unknown person set fire to a house. For the past two weeks, two motorcycles have been riding around the community. These two incidents occurred after the Claretian Corporation Norman Perez Bello reported that two unknown and armed men were present near the community on 12 April. We urge authorities to investigate all these incidents, to identify the attackers and stop them from further threatening the indigenous community.

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Mr. Francisco Roberto Barbosa
Attorney General
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Ambassador Francisco Santos
Embassy of Colombia
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Mr. Francisco Roberto Barbosa,

I am writing to express concern for the safety of the members of the Indigenous community ASEINPOME (Meta region).

The ASEINPOME settlement has increasingly been facing security incidents since the COVID-19 quarantine started, as unknown and armed people have been observed prowling the premises. The last incident was on 24 April around 11pm, when an unknown individual was seen leaving one of the community’s houses. The indigenous guard was immediately notified and verified that one of the community’s houses was burning. The community affirms that the unknown individual was responsible for the fire.

I urge you to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation into those responsible for the fire in the ASEINPOME indigenous community; and fully respond to other threats and acts of violence against the indigenous community and its leaders that have been reported to the Public Prosecutor’s office since 2016.

Yours sincerely,

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