Demand an end to the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia

 

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ESPAÑOL / FRANÇAIS BELOW!


Ask Prime Minister Trudeau to demand the full implementation of the 2016 Peace Accord and condemn the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia:

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrilla in November 2016, but without its full implementation, violence in Colombia has exponentially increased. Up to September 12, 2020, the number of massacres has gone from 11 to 55. In total 1,024 human rights defenders, social and community leaders, environmental advocates, demobilized ex-guerrilla members, Indigenous and Afro-Colombians, and LGBTQ+2S leaders have been victims of targeted killings. Approximately 255 of them were killed in the last year alone. Last week the police killed 13 people during protests against police brutality in different cities of the country.

We ask that Canada as a partner in a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and a promoter of human rights and democracy in the globe, demand the full implementation of the 2016 Peace Accords and mobilize resources to ensure that there are diplomatic efforts to address the human rights violations by the Colombian Government. It is extremely concerning to us that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met with Colombian President Ivan Duque twice this year, however up to date, Mr. Trudeau has not raised these issues in his talks with Mr. Duque or any Colombian Government representatives.

Sign the petition and demand that the Canadian Government:

  • Pressure the Colombian Government to fully implement the 2016 Peace Accord
  • Support the implementation of urgent measures to protect the lives of human rights defenders, community leaders, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, environmental advocates and demobilized ex-guerrilla members
  • Demand an investigation that allows international verification of who are the perpetrators of massacres, community leaders and protesters assassinations.
  • Demand that the Colombian Government take demonstrable and consistent measures to fulfill its obligations to uphold the values of democracy, human rights and transition to civility.

Colombians have the right to be protected against violence and abuse. Sign and share now.

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ESPAÑOL

Pídale al primer ministro Trudeau que exija la plena implementación del Acuerdo de Paz del 2016 y condene las masacres, los asesinatos selectivos y la brutalidad policial en Colombia.

Desde la firma del Acuerdo de Paz entre el Gobierno de Colombia y la guerrilla de las FARC en noviembre de 2016, pero sin su plena implementación, la violencia en Colombia ha aumentado exponencialmente. Hasta el 12 de septiembre de 2020, el número de masacres ha pasado de 11 a 56. En total 1.024 personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes sociales y comunitarios, personas defensoras del medio ambiente, firmantes de la paz desmovilizados, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas y líderes/as LGBTQ2S+, han sido víctimas de asesinatos selectivos. Aproximadamente 255 de ellas fueron asesinadas en lo que va de este año. La semana pasada la policía mató a 13 personas durante las protestas contra la brutalidad policial en diferentes ciudades del país.

Pedimos que Canadá, como socio en un Tratado de Libre Comercio con Colombia, y promotor de los derechos humanos y la democracia en el mundo, exija la plena implementación de los Acuerdos de Paz de 2016 y movilice recursos para asegurar que existan esfuerzos diplomáticos para abordar las violaciones de derechos humanos por parte del gobierno colombiano. Es sumamente preocupante que el primer ministro canadiense Justin Trudeau se haya reunido con el presidente colombiano Ivan Duque dos veces este año; sin embargo, hasta la fecha, el primer ministro Trudeau no ha planteado estos temas en sus conversaciones con el presidente Duque ni con ningún representante del gobierno colombiano.

Por favor firme la petición y exija que el gobierno Canadiense:

  • Presione al gobierno colombiano para que implemente plenamente el Acuerdo de Paz de 2016
  • Apoye la implementación de medidas urgentes para proteger la vida de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes/as comunitarios, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas, personas defensoras del medio ambiente y firmantes de la paz desmovilizados.
  • Exija una investigación que permita la verificación internacional de quienes cometen masacres, asesinatos de líderes/as comunitarias y manifestantes.
  • Exija que el Gobierno colombiano tome medidas demostrables y consistentes para cumplir con sus obligaciones de defender los valores de la democracia, los derechos humanos y la transición a la civilidad.

Las personas en Colombia tienen derecho a estar protegidas contra la violencia y el abuso. Firma y comparte ahora.

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FRANÇAIS


Demander au premier ministre Trudeau d’exiger la pleine mise en œuvre de l’Accord de paix de 2016 et de condamner les massacres, les assassinats ciblés et les brutalitéspolicières en Colombie.

Depuis la signature de l’Accord de paix entre le gouvernement colombien et la guérilla des « FARC » en novembre 2016, mais sans sa pleine mise en œuvre, la violence en Colombie a augmenté de façon exponentielle. Au 12 septembre 2020, le nombre de massacres est passé de 11 à 55. Au total, 1 024 défenseurs des droits de l’homme, des dirigeants sociaux et communautaires, des défenseurs de l’environnement, des ex-guérilleros démobilisés, des dirigeants autochtones, des Afro-Colombiens et des leaders de la communauté LGBTQ2S ont été victimes d’assassinats ciblés. De ces 1 024, 255 sont morts cette année. La semaine dernière, la police a tué 13 personnes lors de manifestations contre la brutalité policière dans plusieurs villes au pays.

Dans ce cadre de violations des droits de l’homme, Il est extrêmement préoccupant pour nous que le premier ministre canadien Justin Trudeau ait rencontré le président colombien Duque deux fois cette année; Cependant, à ce jour, le premier ministre Trudeau n’a pas soulevé ces questions dans ses conversations avec le président Duque ou avec un représentant du gouvernement colombien.

Nous demandons au Canada, en tant que partenaire d’un accord de libre-échange avec la Colombie et promoteur des droits de la personne et de la démocratie, d’exiger la pleine mise en œuvre des accords de paix de 2016 et de mobiliser des ressources pour déployer des efforts diplomatiques contre les violations des droits de l’homme commises par le gouvernement colombien.
Veuillez signer cette pétition et exiger au gouvernement canadien de :

  • Presser le gouvernement colombien de mettre pleinement en œuvre l’Accord de paix de 2016
  • Soutenir la mise en œuvre de mesures urgentes pour protéger la vie des défenseurs des droits de l’homme, des dirigeants communautaires, des communautés autochtones et afro-colombiennes, des défenseurs de l’environnement et des ex-guérilleros démobilisés.
  • Exiger une enquête au niveau international qui permettrait d’identifier les auteurs des massacres, des assassinats de dirigeants communautaires et des manifestants.
  • Exiger au gouvernement colombien des mesures démontrables et cohérentes pour s’acquitter de ses obligations envers les valeurs de la démocratie, des droits de l’homme et de la transition vers la civilité.

Les Colombiens ont le droit d’être protégés contre la violence et les abus. Signez et partagez maintenant.

Canada’s role in Colombia’s humanitarian tragedy

Canadian imperialism grows rampant in Latin America & Colombia

Written by: Luis Alberto Matta

 

Watch complete webinar here!

 

What is the international agenda from Canada in Latin America, and particularly for Colombia? Is Canada just following and compliant with US foreign policy in regards of Latin America? These two, apparently innocent questions, have been floating through my thoughts for some time now. The questions started back from seeing the ultra-conservative Harper government’s policies in Latin America, but continue now seeing the Liberal government’s actions headed by Justin Trudeau.

Only five years ago a thunderous silence from Canada followed the antidemocratic impeachment against Dilma Roussef in Brazil. Nothing has been said that may disturb the abusive “kingdom” of human rights violations run by Sebastian Piñera in Chile. Even worse, Canada has blindly supported the Organization of American States that played a role in the destruction of Bolivia’s democracy, during the former illegal government of Jeannine Ánez, one of the leaders of the coup against Evo Morales. Despite one year of political repression and racism in Bolivia, sadly Canada said nothing.

Instead, Canada has been the unfortunate leader of the Lima Group, a cluster composed by highly questioned presidents such as Piñera, Lenin Moreno from Ecuador, Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil, and Ivan Duque from Colombia, under the coordination of the US “bishop” Luis Almagro, secretary of the OAS, which main goal is to overthrow the legitimate  government of Venezuela. The previous Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, without any shame or blushing was the host of a meeting in Ottawa, whose central objective, at least for some members of the group such as the government of Colombia, was to overthrow the government of Venezuela.

Meanwhile Colombia is bathed in innocent blood. Hundreds of social leaders, teachers, and human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia after the peace agreement between the FARC guerrillas and the previous Colombian government. The leaders of the party supporting the current government publicly and openly promised, as a part of their political campaign towards the presidency they finally won, that they were going to destroy the peace process: “we are going to tear the peace agreement apart”. 230 disarmed FARC members, peace signatories, have been killed since the moment that the peace agreement came into force.

Did Canada voice any concern about the tremendous political violence in in Colombia? You can guess, but the answer is no. Apparently Canada is very busy and focused on Venezuela and Nicaragua, and not by mere chance, in coincidence with USA.

Canada is losing a great opportunity in Latin America. With the lack of prestige of the United States in what they consider “its backyard”, Canada rather than being a leader of democracy, peace and human rights, has become the backup of the US government in its regressive and imperialistic international policies.

In contrast with this unwanted reality, this upcoming November 19th, the CLAA (Canadian Latin America Alliance) and CASA (Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance), are organizing an international online forum that includes the Canadian Member of the Parliament Leah Gazan, the Colombian social leader Charo Mina Rojas, and the Colombian Senator Ivan Cepeda to discuss about the Canada’s role in Colombia’s humanitarian tragedy. I am delighted to invite the readers to connect and register to participate in this forum through claa.ca and to keep an eye in what is Canada doing in Latin America.

Luis Matta is a Colombian writer and human rights activist in exile.

Webinar: https://fb.watch/1Y0WmN3xWG/

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Firma una petición al primer ministro Trudeau para que El exija la plena implementación del Acuerdo de Paz del 2016 y condene las masacres, los asesinatos selectivos y la brutalidad policial en Colombia. En total 1.024 personas defensoras de derechos humanos, líderes sociales y comunitarios, personas defensoras del medio ambiente, firmantes de la paz desmovilizados, comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas y líderes/as LGBTQ2S+, han sido víctimas de asesinatos selectivos.

La peticion se encuentra en tres idiomas inglés, español y francés: Demand an end to the massacres, targeted assassinations and police brutality in Colombia

https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/prime_minister_trudeau_demand_an_end_to_the_massacres_targeted_assassinations_and_police_brutality_in_colombia/?zFlJMab 

Colombia to Canada: Weaving stories of resistance to Police brutality

The past few months have highlighted systemic problems facing our world, such as anti-Black racism, healthcare inequalities and conflict. Whether in Canada or Colombia, peaceful resistance to these problems is often met with state-sanctioned violence, including police brutality. In August, during the worst period of the health crisis in Colombia, seven massacres took place in less than two weeks. There was one every two days, mostly targeting Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant populations.

On September 9th in a video, two police officers were seen repeatedly tasering and beating 46-year-old Javier Ordóñez. He was later taken to hospital, where he died of head injuries. The killing sparked major protests across Colombia, people marched to local police stations and participated in cacerolazos, banging pots and pans and raising chants against police brutality.

Canada is not immune to Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism and violence in policing. A CBC investigation into fatal encounters with police found that members of the Black community, which makes up only 3.4% of Canada’s population, represented 9% of the fatalities. Indigenous people make up only 4.8% of the population yet represented 15% of total fatalities. Black people across Canada have been, and continue to be, racially profiled through carding and other forms of racially biased surveillance.

What does the current situation mean for the future of peace in Colombia? How can we  dismantle institutionalized racism and oppression? How have people been organizing against police brutality i.e. copwatch, lawsuits, community patrol etc.

When: Thur. Oct 29th @ 7 pm (EST) 

Speakers:

María Alejandra Sánchez – A student at the National Pedagogical University of Bogota Colombia. Maria is a member of the National Association of Young People and Students of Colombia (Anjeco) and Resistance against the militarization of Society (REMISO campaign).

Andrés Felipe Granja Orejuela: Operational Secretary of the Black Communities’ Process of Colombia and member of the Arcabuco political training and study center.

Payton Wilkens – Executive Director of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Education Center.

Please register for the webinar here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pOk2eDrtTzSNu7mGR10bTQ

Organized by: Colombia Working Group, The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia (PASC) and Common Frontiers.

Sponsored by: Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL),  Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA), NORDIK Institute, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).

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CAMPAIGN: COLOMBIA ON RED ALERT FOR LIFE AND PEACE

Toronto Art Installations

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

 #ColombiaEnAlertaRoja

#ColombiaOnRedAlert

 

Two years after the arrival of President Iván Duque, the balance shows that the ongoing murders of social leaders, 263 people and 66 massacres this year alone (INDEPAZ. Observatorio de D.H. Octubre 4, 2020), and allegations of abuse at the hands of the armed forces and police against civilians, have Colombia on the brink of collapse.

President Duque’s government has been characterized by the intensification of violence in the country— that is, by the return of war. Human rights defenders have placed special emphasis on the resurgence of paramilitarism, currently present in 22 out of the 32 departments of the country.

To give an example, between 2018 and June 2020 in the department of Antioquia, there were 630 homicides, 56 forced disappearances, more than 6,300 acts of forced displacement, and 145 social leaders who were victims of violent actions.

“There is undoubtedly a deterioration in security, the government is cornered by police violence, and its answer is to wave the flag of fear in order to become indispensable for the next elections.” (Ariel Ávila, PARES).

What the State really seeks is to decree a state of internal commotion to respond to the social protests and failings of justice. In 2018, total bilateral merchandise trade between Colombia and Canada reached $865.4 million USD in exports and $778.5 million USD in imports (Report on the current trade agreements of Colombia. Consulate of Colombia Toronto).

Therefore, Canada must ensure that its economic interests do not override human, labour, and social rights, nor their ability to effectively monitor the implementation of a sustainable peace process. Civil society groups in Toronto ask the government of Canada to act immediately and pressure the Colombian government to refrain from criminalizing social activists, guaranteeing the protection of life and human rights to all social leaders in Colombia, some of whom are exposed to violence related to Canadian extractive megaprojects. We also ask the Canadian government to demand that the Colombian government respect and implement the Havana peace accords.

Seeking to visibilize in Canada the alarming situation that has been occurring in Colombia, we echo the #ColombiaEnAlertaRoja #ColombiaOnRedAlert Campaign, an initiative by numerous social groups and artists in Colombia in defense of life and peace. With a series of artistic installations in Toronto, we will initiate a permanent activity through social media and across other networks of mobilization directed at the Canadian government, demanding that they take an active position in favour of human rights and peace in Colombia.

At the same time, we invite Canadians to join us in this campaign and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Minga and the Colombian National Strike on Wednesday, October 21.

 

ARTISTIC INSTALLATIONS IN TWO SECTORS OF THE CITY:

Matt Cohen Park (725 Spadina Ave. + Bloor)

5:00 pm – Installation 1

6:00 pm – Installation 2

Corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street (South Side of the ROM)

5:00 pm – Installation 2

6:00 pm – Installation 1

 

If you wish to collaborate with the organization of one or both installations, or obtain more information about this activity, visit: https://lacsn.ca/casa  or email: colombiactionsolidarity@gmail.com

Organized by: Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance – CASA, Toronto Movement N-21, Muse Arts and Latin American & Caribbean Solidarity Network – LACSN.

 

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CAMPAÑA COLOMBIA EN ALERTA ROJA POR LA VIDA Y LA PAZ

Toronto Instalaciones Artísticas

Miércoles 21 de octubre, 2020 @ 5:00 pm.

#ColombiaEnAlertaRoja

#ColombiaOnRedAlert

 

A dos años de la llegada del Presidente Iván Duque, el balance muestra que constantes asesinatos de líderes sociales, 263 personas y 66 masacres solo en este año, (INDEPAZ. Observatorio de D.H. Octubre 4, 2020) y las denuncias de abusos por parte de las fuerzas armadas y la policía contra civiles, tienen a Colombia al borde del colapso.

El gobierno de Duque se ha caracterizado por la agudización de la violencia en el país, es decir por el retorno de la guerra. Especial énfasis hacen los defensores de D.H. en el rebrote del paramilitarismo, los cuales ahora existen en 22 de los 32 departamentos del país.

Para dar un ejemplo, solo en el Departamento de Antioquia, entre 2018 y Junio de 2020, se han contado 630 homicidios, 56 desapariciones forzadas, más de 6,300 hechos de desplazamiento forzado y 145 líderes sociales víctimas de acciones violentas.

“Hay un deterioro indudable de la seguridad y el gobierno está acorralado por la violencia policial y su respuesta es mostrar la bandera del miedo para hacerse indispensable de cara a las próximas elecciones” (Ariel Avila, PARES).

Lo que el Estado en realidad busca es decretar un estado de conmoción interior para responder a la protesta social y los fallos de la justicia. En el 2018, el comercio bilateral total de mercancías entre Colombia y Canadá alcanzó los US $865,4 millones en exportaciones y US $778,5 millones en importaciones (Informe Sobre Los Acuerdos Comerciales Vigentes De Colombia. Colombian Consulate Toronto).

Canadá debe por tanto garantizar que sus intereses económicos no se impongan sobre los derechos humanos, laborales y sociales, ni su capacidad para monitorear de manera efectiva la implementación de un proceso de paz sostenible.

En consecuencia grupos de la sociedad civil en Toronto le solicitamos al gobierno de Canadá que actúe de inmediato y presione al gobierno Colombiano para que se abstenga de criminalizar a los activistas sociales y garantice la protección de la vida y los derechos humanos de todos los líderes sociales en Colombia, algunos de los cuales están expuestos a violencia relacionada con megaproyectos extractivos Canadienses. También, pedimos que el Gobierno Canadiense le exija al Gobierno Colombiano respeto e implementación de los acuerdos de paz de la Habana.

Buscando visibilizar en Canadá la alarmante situación que viene ocurriendo en Colombia, nos hacemos eco de la Campaña #ColombiaEnAlertaRoja #ColombiaOnRedAlert, iniciativa de numerosos grupos sociales y artistas en Colombia en defensa de la vida y la paz. Con una serie de instalaciones artísticas en Toronto, iniciaremos una actividad permanente por redes sociales, medios de comunicación y movilización, dirigida al gobierno canadiense para que asuma una posición activa a favor de los derechos humanos y la paz en Colombia.

A la vez invitamos a la sociedad civil canadiense para que nos acompañen en esta campaña y se solidaricen con la Minga Indígena y el Paro Nacional Colombiano del día miércoles Octubre 21.

 

INSTALACIONES ARTÍSTICAS EN DOS SECTORES DE LA CIUDAD:

Matt Cohen Park (725 Spadina Ave. + Bloor)

5:00 pm – Instalación 1

6:00 pm – Instalación 2

Corner Avenue Road and Bloor Street (Costado sur ROM)

5:00 pm – Instalación 2

6:00 pm – Instalación 1

Si Ud. desea colaborar con la organización de una o ambas instalaciones u obtener más información sobre esta actividad, visite: https://lacsn.ca/casa  o escriba al email: colombiactionsolidarity@gmail.com

Convocan: Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance – CASA, Toronto Movimiento N-21, Muse Arts y Latin American & Caribbean Solidarity Network – LACSN.