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.

Utopía y distopía en la obra de Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo y Juan Gabriel Vásquez

“Utopía y distopía en la obra de Doris Salcedo”

 

 

La gran artista colombiana Doris Salcedo, la más importante creadora plástica latinoamericana en el mundo, dialoga con el escritor Juan Gabriel Vásque, uno de los autores más reconocidos internacionalmente en su país, sobre una obra que abarca en toda la magnitud de su extensión el duelo y los contrastes más extremos del mundo en que vive. Lo hacen desde el contramonumento Fragmentos, ideado por Salcedo en Bogotá, cuyo suelo está compuesto de la fundición de millones de armas entregadas tras los acuerdos de paz en Colombia.

Doris Salcedo (Bogotá, 1968)
Escultora. Su trabajo se desarrolla principalmente en torno a la situación política y la violencia en Colombia. Su obra ha sido exhibida en algunos de los museos y centros de arte más destacados del mundo, ha participado en numerosas bienales internacionales y ha recibido galardones como el Premio Velázquez de Artes Plásticas (2010), el Hiroshima Art Prize (2014) el Nasher Prize de Escultura (2015) y el Premio de Arte Nomura (2019).

Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Bogotá, 1973)
Escritor. Ha publicado novelas como Los informantes (2004), Historia secreta de Costaguana (2007), El ruido de las cosas al caer (2011), con la que obtuvo el Premio Alfaguara de Novela, Las reputaciones (2013) o La forma de las ruinas (2015). También es autor de ensayos como El arte de la distorsión (2009) o Viajes con un mapa en blanco (2017) y de los libros de relatos Los amantes de Todos los Santos (2015) y Canciones para el incendio (2018).

Doris Salcedo y Juan Gabriel Vásquez | Festival Eñe (xn--festivalee-19a.com)

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).