12/12/2017

Urgent Action: Killings Of Land Claimant Leaders (Colombia: UA 268.17)


Two land claimant leaders of collective Afro-descendent territories in Curvaradó, Jiguamiandó, Piedeguita and Mancilla in Chocó have been killed by paramilitary groups belonging to the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC). The inhabitants of these humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity feel threatened.

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Two land claimant leaders of collective Afro-descendent territories in Curvaradó, Jiguamiandó, Piedeguita and Mancilla in Chocó have been killed by paramilitary groups belonging to the Gaitanistas Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC). The inhabitants of these humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity feel threatened.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Requesting a comprehensive response from the state to these reports from the humanitarian zones and areas of biodiversity in the river basins of Jiguamiandó y Curvaradó, ensuring respect for the boundaries of the humanitarian zones, guaranteeing the safety of their members and requesting that they increase the presence of state security forces;
  • Calling for an immediate and impartial investigation to be carried out into the killings of the two leaders, for the results to be made public and for those responsible to be brought to justice;
  • Urging the authorities to take immediate action to dismantle paramilitary groups, in accordance with the government’s express commitments and with recommendations made by international bodies.

Contact these two officials by 22 January, 2018:
President
Juan Manuel Santos
President of Colombia
Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26 Bogotá, Colombia
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @JuanManSantos
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador Camilo Reyes, Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 387 8338 I Fax: 202-232-8643
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 268.17
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