Threats and harassment continue against War on Want partner in Colombia

7 March 2017 - 1:30pm
News

Following a human rights verification mission organised by the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Popular Summit in February, War on Want partner, The Social Corporation for Community Counselling and Training (COSPACC) has recently received a series of threats and harassment made against its leaders. 

Human right defenders (HRD) have been repeatedly followed around the offices of COSPACC by unknown men, who have also photographed the building. Furthermore, one HRD was attacked in an attempt to steal his belongings, which included a computer with key information about the region's social movements. He also received verbal threats to his life during the altercation. 

The systematic nature of these events, which COSPACC has publicly denounced and brought to the attention of the relevant authorities since 2004, is a matter of concern. It is worth recalling the events that occurred on January 23, 2013, when information corresponding to investigations of serious of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law was stolen. 

COSPACC, in coordination with the Foundation Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (CFSP), has documented cases of extrajudicial executions through "false positives" in Boyacá and Casanare for more than a decade; which resulted in the penalisation of several soldiers, including General HENRY TORRES ESCALANTE of the Colombian National Army.

DEMANDS BY COSPACC

To the Colombian state:

Guarantees for the life and integrity of all the people who are part of COSPACC and the other processes that accompany it; and to carry out the necessary actions through the relevant institutions, in order to thoroughly investigate the reported events and provide guarantees for the exercise of the promotion and defence of human rights.

To national and international human rights organisations:

To follow up on this serious situation that is presented in the current context of violence against social movements, especially against its leaders and defenders of Human Rights. And to demand that the Colombian government comply with its constitutional obligations and demonstrate a real will for peace, by thoroughly investigating the claims and punishing those responsible.

The Colombian government must guarantee a basic right to life if there is to be any hope of building long-lasting peace in Colombia.

*COSPACC is a human rights organisation and a member of the Peoples' Congress, the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) and the Colombia Europe United States Coordination (CCEEU).

Click below to download COSPACC's Public Statement

Latest news

#MeToo McDonald's week of action

31 May 2019 - 5:30pm

McDonald's saw a full week of union action on sexual harassment

Read more

#AntiChevron Day of Action: Open letter to Ecuador

21 May 2019 - 9:15am

On 21 May, hundreds of indigenous communities in the Amazon march for their human rights

Read more

Join the conversation

RT : Inspiring news! British Society for Middle East Studies endorses the Palestinian call to boycott complicit Israeli… https://t.co/JBVWqNHBP9 12 hours 32 min ago
34 European trade unions representing millions of workers across Europe wrote to the European Commission and Europe… https://t.co/yYYw0o1hw3 12 hours 33 min ago
Citizens of Abbruzzo in Italy stopped the Ombrina Mare oil project. But now, Big Oil is suing the Italian governmen… https://t.co/MRXgxIN2AB 12 hours 42 min ago