VICTORY: Peace community validated by Colombian court

Rebuilding Trust

Landmark Legal Victory for the Peace Community

By Susana Pimiento

Rebuilding Trust
 The 2013 New Year came with some good news of hope for justice. On January 18, the Colombian Constitutional Courtpublished a decision that incorporated conditions that the peace community of San José de Apartadó has long articulated as necessary for re-establishing dialogue and overcoming its eight-year-old rupture with the Colombian government.
We urge readers to contact Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to press him to comply with the ruling.

The Rupture

Until February 2005, the San Jose de Apartadó Peace Community and the Colombian government had been negotiating implementation of the protective measuresafforded to the Peace Community by the Inter American Human Rights Court since 2000. The protective measures,subsequently reaffirmed by the Colombian Constitutional Court, had to be consulted with the Peace Community. Among them was the installation of a police post near – but outside of – the center of San Jose de Apartadó. Luis Eduardo Guerra was the peace community’s spokesperson.
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VICTORY: Peace community validated by Colombian court

By FOR

VICTORY: Peace community validated by Colombian court
 Today, on the anniversary of the massacre of members of the peace community of San José de Apartadó, we write with exciting news: Colombia’s constitutional court has ruled in favor of the peace community.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this landmark victory, not only in recognizing the atrocities against the Colombian peace community, but in beginning to recognize the groundbreaking active nonviolence in the peace community of San José de Apartadó.FOR, with your generous support, has had peace accompaniers in Colombia supporting the peace community for more than 10 years.

We couldn’t have done it without your support — and now, we’d like your help to take one more step to solidify this victory.
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