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Colombia: Militarisation serving extraction

10 September 2014

The Colombian armed forces, with 281,400 military personnel, are the second largest army in all of Latin America, surpassed only by Brazil. Added to that are the 159,000 members of the National Police, a militarised police force that reports to the Ministry of Defence. In Colombia there are 6.2 soldiers per one thousand inhabitants, a ratio almost four times that of Brazil.

Union Leader Assassinated in Colombia

4 September 2014

As Colombia marks the International Day of the Disappeared, another unionist has been killed.

                             Oil sector workers on a strike in Oct. 2011

Suport "Justice Denied" video project

21 July 2014

Since july 1st the "Justice Denied" Team started to film in Medellin, Segovia, Bucararmanga interviwing, experts, affected communities, and mobilized organizations.

CARAVAN FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE LAND from 19 to 29 August 2014, Nariño, Colombia

12 June 2014

You are invited to join us in solidarity as part of the CARAVAN FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE LAND, which will be leaving Bogotá, Colombia next August 19, 2014 for the municipality of Samaniego, in the southern department of Nariño. This area has been impacted by intense militarlisation and mining concessions made to the multinational company ANGLO GOLD ASHANTI. The goal of the CARAVAN is to collect evidence and document the situation faced by the inhabitants of this area.

Communities in Casanare Speak Out Against Petroleum Exploitation and Canadian Company Talisman Energy

8 June 2014

On April 26, 2014, hundreds of residents from the department Casanare gathered in Trinidad, Casanare for a public hearing on the on the environmental and human rights impacts of oil exploitation. Senator Iván Cepeda presided over the hearing, and a number of government officials attended. They listened to the testimonies of community members, who presented instances of human rights violations and environmental damage due to petroleum extraction by multinational companies like Talisman Energy.  

Battling the gold veins of Sur de Bolívar (Colombia)

7 June 2014
Over 3000 participants gathered for more than a month along one of the main Colombian transport routes, close to the city of Aguachica. After several rounds of negotiations with government representatives the feeling of not being taken seriously grew enough to undertake actions on the road. On September 27th the protestors clashed with ESMAD (Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron, rich has a reputation for violence) resulting in severe head injuries and bullet wound. The whole spiral of Colombian protests started as an effect of various perceived foreign pressure.