On 10 February, a civil society organization received a verified report of an ongoing plan to kill or displace Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazonian Pearl (ADISPA) members, an organization protecting the rights of hundreds of peasants (campesinos) in the Putumayo region (South West). The plan would entail the deployment of the armed group called “Border Command” that are threatening the communities in the area to undermine their activities to the armed group’s will or leave their territories if they refuse. We demand authorities provide ADISPA with collective protection measures in consultation with them.
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Director of the Minister of interior
Carrera 8 No. 7 – 83,
Bogotá D.C., Colombia
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. Palacios,
I am writing to express concern for the safety of the members of the Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazon Pearl (ADISPA), a human rights organization that defends the rights of 700 families and the Amazonian environment in the Putumayo region.
Since 2020 the legal representative of ADISPA, Jani Silva, has faced at least 6 different incidents. At the same time, other ADISPA members have faced threats to their lives. On 10 February, the Inter-ecclesial Commission of Justice and Peace received information of an ongoing plan to kill or displace ADISPA members from the region. The communities are already reporting the presence of an armed group threatening them.
I urge you to grant ADISPA members collective protection measurements, in consultation and in agreement with them.