Colombia: “Peace is at risk in Colombia”, say human rights organisations in Brussels
10/4/19 - Ed. Note: Pax Christi International took part in this meeting and was one of the organisations to sign onto this effort. We express our support with the Indigenous Minga, who, with more than 20,000 Indigenous from various departments in Colombia, have joined the Cauca mobilisation for the past 3 weeks, participating in blockades and asking for negotiations with the government of Colombia, but have only met with further repression.
Brussels, 4 April 2019 - More than 75 representatives from Colombian, European and international civil society are meeting in Brussels on 4 and 5 April to assess the serious human rights situation in Colombia and to alert the EU and European States about the lack of implementation of the Peace Agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government.
This international meeting, which represents more than a thousand organisations and social movements that work in and for Colombia, has been convened by the International Office for Human Rights - Acción Colombia (OIDHACO) together with its three associated coordination groups in Colombia: the Colombian Coordination Group for Human Rights, Democracy and Development (Plataforma Colombiana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo); the Alliance of Social and Like-Minded Organisations for a Cooperation for Peace and Democracy in Colombia (Alianza de Organizaciones Sociales y Afines por una Cooperación para la Paz y la Democracia en Colombia); and the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination Group (Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos - CCEEU).
Participants in this meeting agree that, since his arrival into Government, President Iván Duque has not shown enough will to implement the Final Peace Agreement, since his proposed public policies on comprehensive rural reform, substitution of illicit crops, and the rights of victims, as well as the National Development Plan, are contrary and regressive compared to what was initially stipulated in the Agreement, and therefore endanger peace building in Colombia...