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An agrarian leader from Arauca arrested

25 February 2015
Who is Alexander Tibacuy Laguado?
Recently, members of the CTI and SIJIN arrested the communal leader Alexander Tibacuy as results of an investigation on crimes related to the Concert of Delinquency and Financing of Terrorism. But who is Alexander Tibacuy?
ALEXANDER TIBACUY LAGUADO is the President of the Department’s Communal Action Assemblies Federation in Arauca and member of the Political movement of the social and popular masses of center east Colombia and member of the People’s Congress. 

Imminent Displacement of Farmers due to OXY Oil Company's pressures

25 February 2015

On February 26th and 27th, Arauca’s police supervisor will try to force around 40 families that occupy their lands, and were dispossessed by the oil transnational OXY more than 20 years ago, out of their lands. Paramilitary threats, resistance of farmers and indigenous communities. 

The 40 families that insist on recuperating their lands despite the siege of the oil’s security forces, the police and the army have already settled back since 16 month. 

USO members fired on after threats issued

31 January 2015

So far this year, 13 leaders of the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) have received death threats in various regions of the country. Two of them have been attacked with firearms. “Complicit silence reigns on the part of the national authorities,” says the union, which raises the possibility of “a preconceived plan being deployed from a single command center.” The USO is considering possibilities for mobilization.

Despite peace negotiations, Canada sells 32 tanks to Colombian government

26 January 2015

While undergoing peace negotiations with the FARC, Colombia has recently acquired 32 combat and troop transportation vehicles (LAV III) through the Canadian commercial corporation (CCC), a crown corporation acting as a contracting and international supply agency.  The transaction was officially announced in Canada on January 10th by the CCC, but the Colombian army’s website reported that the first LAV III had arrived in Colombia in September 2014, and that the vehicles’ destination is a military base located in the department of La Guajira.  Constructed by Gener

Confirmed: Legal Medicine determined that social leader Carlos Pedraza was killed by a shot in the neck

26 January 2015

Simply update 3:02 pm] The opinion of Legal Medicine establishes that the death of the Peoples Congress leader, Carlos Pedraza, was produced by "projectile gun [causing] a lesion located at the skull with a travel from back to the forth (...) with a low speed gun". This evidence confirms the hypothesis that the murder is a political crime in a context in which social leaders, among whom are his closets companions- were threatened with death.

Unión Sindical Obrero Returns to Campo Rubiales

26 January 2015

On January 22, the Unión Sindical Obrero (USO) returned to Campo Rubiales in an act of strength and defiance to show that nor threats, nor assassinations, nor contract terminations can keep the USO away.  This public return involved various events with USO members from all over Colombia as well as participation from accompanying organizations and groups such as members from the Sikuani community in Puerto Gaitan, the Comite Ambiental Agrario y Comunitario de Puerto Gaitan, the National Movement for Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), CUT (Central Unitaria de Traba

Threats to leaders, human rights advocates, and community and human rights organizations

23 January 2015

We are going through a period of importance for the future of Colombia, what with the initiation of peace talks between the insurgency and the national government. But this initiative and this political will, supported by the majority of our fellow citizens, are being challenged with threats, attacks, and intimidation. The Águilas Negras paramilitaries have launched a nationwide offensive against community processes, leaders, and organizations who are fighting for human rights, democracy, peace, and the dignity of victims in Colombia.