In an exciting development in the corporate accountability world, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, for the first time in its history, will directly consider the question: can a corporation’s home country be held liable for the actions of that corporation abroad, or for failing to provide a remedy to its victims?
A week-long strike held in many agricultural regions of Colombia this past August has strengthened the country’s network of farm movements, particularly after the strike was harshly repressed and at least 12 activists were murdered by police and military forces.
In what has been referred to as the conflict’s other agenda, the Colombian government, led by Juan Manuel, Santos, has begun a bloody persecution against popular organizations using security and military groups. At the same time, in a clear collaboration with this strategy, semi-official forces are assassinating and displacing hundreds of Colombians in many areas of the country.
On November 2, 2013, in the city of Villavicencio, Brother DARIO CARDENAS, Vice President of USO (META), was arrested under a warrant from the First Criminal Court of Villavicencio, in which he is accused of “obstruction of public roadways, arson, and aggravated damage to property.”
Foreigners and citizens often think of Colombia as a land of paradoxes. Though the country is filled with natural resources and biodiversity, it was recently ranked third most unequal in the region.
Colombians in the streets commonly wonder: “why are we so poor if our land is so rich?”
The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and the regional organizations subsidiaries we categorically reject stigmatizations, harassment, threats, constraints, illegal detentions, aggression and human rights violations and offenses to the International Humanitarian Law that have taken place at the Social, Indigenous and Popular Minga, For Life, Territory, Autonomy and Sovereignty by the National Government.
Two days after initiating La Minga Social y Popular in the entire territory of Colombia, the indigenous peoples who are spread out across the territory will maintain, as of now, in an atmosphere of prolonged peaceful protest in order to achieve a true defense of Life, Autonomy, and Sovereignty.
Indigenous organizing groups partnered with student activists and other populist social movements Tuesday for a national mobilization to mark the start of indefinite protests.