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    International Delegation to Colombia

    FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION (FOR) PEACE PRESENCE AND IFOR AUSTRIA PRESENT
    PEACEBUILDING IN THE TIME OF AGREEMENTS

    INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA, SEPTEMBER 11 – 21, 2017

    In December 2016 the Colombian Government and the FARC guerillas signed an historic agreement to end the armed conflict. Since then, negotiations with the country’s other guerrillas, ELN, have begun in Quito. But threats against human rights’ defenders and local peacebuilders – those who really know what peace could look like in their regions – persist. Join us as we visit communities and leaders across the country, and see what grassroots peacebuilding looks like even as the official agreements are implemented.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: three days in Bogotá, visiting FOR partners, politicians and embassies: a trip to the Nilo farming community next to the country’s largest military base; access to the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero in Buenaventura and meeting representatives of social movements in Popayan, Cauca.

    Cost: 1.200 euros or $1.300 USD: Delegation fee includes: meals, lodging, delegation interpreters and facilitators, transportation within Colombia, delegation set-up, and reading materials. Airfare to and fro Colombia is not included.

    AUSTRIA: TELEPHONE 01/4085332
    EMAIL: office@versoehnungsbund.at

    BOGOTA: TELEPHONE 57/3185353778
    EMAIL: peter@peacepresence.org

     

    Comunicato pubblico sulla situazione di Buenaventura, Colombia

    Dal 2014, l’organizzazione di accompagnamento internazionale FOR Peace Presence accompagna le organizzazioni della societá civile, gli spazi umanitari e le comunitá del Rio San Juan, Naya e Calima nella cittá e nei dintorni di Buenaventura, Colombia.

    La popolazione di Buenaventura sta portando avanti, da ventuno giorni, uno sciopero civile per reclamare maggiori diritti e misure straordinarie da parte del Governo rispetto a questioni quali la salute pubblica, l’educazione, l’acqua potabile, la sicurezza.


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    PUBLIC COMMUNIQUÉ, CIVIL STRIKE IN BUENAVENTURA

    Since 2014, the international accompaniment organization FOR Peace Presence has accompanied the civil society organizations and humanitarian spaces, as well as the communities of Rios San Juan, Naya, and Calima in the city and surrounding area of Buenaventura.

    In recent weeks, we have become increasingly concerned with the deteriorating safety of residents and participants in the civil strike in Buenaventure. Among the denouncements we have recieved from our counterparts, we were deeply saddened  to hear that nine young people were injured in open fire from public forces, and that patients and medical personnel in a local hospital were affected by chemical gases sprayed by ESMAD. Tragically, on May 19 a young man was killed by shooting during the disturbances. He was 22 years old.


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