People are being killed on a daily basis by US-funded Colombian Armed Forces, paramilitary death squads, and big narco-gangs. And they are being run off their lands.
Popular movements have asked the Alliance for Global Justice to send emergency accompaniment and observation as they take to the streets in a national strike on April 29 to demand an end to political violence, and that land rights be honored. Already death threats are being received and international awareness will be key in stopping these threats from becoming a reality. This trip is a dangerous mission, but AfGJ feels we must step up and stand together with our partners in this time of need. We must provide eyes to the world as we report what is going on, as we travel with union leaders and human rights defenders involved in the strike.
We are deeply concerned about the targeting of our Colombian partners. Last year 226 social movement leaders and human rights defenders were killed in Colombia. The year before, it was 159, and the year before that, 97. Over 40% of victims are from the Marcha Patriótica movement for peace, justice, and democracy. The problem is getting worse, and each year, the highest number of these political murders is in Cauca. Understandably, displacement is also skyrocketing. The towns of Corinto and Miranda are the most affected in the region. Since mid-February there have been a series of killings by death squads, ongoing battles by armed groups, and repression of indigenous-led protests. There are multiple instances of US-funded Colombian Armed Forces attacking marches and protests for land rights and an end to political violence.
National Co-Coordinator James Jordan will travel to the region’s epicenter of struggle, Corinto and Miranda, in North Cauca. He will also carry contributions for medical supplies to victims of repression. He will travel to other areas of conflict in Cauca and Valle de Cauca as the strike spreads
This is an unplanned expense as AfGJ comes up on the end of its fiscal year, and we very much need the help of our supporters and friends in struggle to make this journey of solidarity. Your support is tax deductible. Anything you give will be much appreciated and a contribution not just to this emergency visit, but to the dream of a lasting and just peace in Colombia.
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