Leaving for Buenaventura

Historic Ruling for Conscientious Objection in Colombia

We share the English press release on the ruling T-455/2014 published by ACOOC-Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia on the 28th of January 2015. Para español, haz click aquí.

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Upon Return from Buenaventura

By Kaya Allan Sugerman

Over a week ago we were “Leaving for Buenaventura”, to accompany in the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero. This write-up is meant to serve as a follow-up.

IMG_0937As political accompaniers, sometimes we remark on the fact that we work out of a “constant state of crisis.” We turn to each other knowingly in the field or office when a so called “security situation” arises or when logistical details quickly change, and we’re required to make a set of well thought out but rapid-fire decisions about what to do next.
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Happy New Year! – FOR Peace Presence Monthly Update – December 2014

Greetings and Happy 2015!

10906441_421500844674064_1190943940599424318_nAt FOR Peace Presence, team changes framed December when Julia left Bogotá in the beginning of the month for the permanent accompaniment team in the rural mountain village of La Unión, part of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. Isa wrapped up her time on the FOR Peace Presence team after a wonderful year of work, but before she did, in December the team made two physically-demanding 6-hour trips by foot to the hamlet of Mulatos, accompanying community leaders and members in order to heighten community security and visibility in the area, as there have been increased military and guerrilla activity and combats as of late. The second accompaniment to Mulatos was for the annual Christmas celebration – a time to dance, eat good food, and reflect. Peace Community members also used the gathering to have an assembly. What a way to welcome Julia and say goodbye to Isa – ringing in the new year dancing to Antioquia’s favorite, vallenato.
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Leaving for Buenaventura

By FOR Peace Presence

On a Monday morning in Bogotá, two FOR Peace Presence accompaniers have two days left to prepare for an upcoming accompaniment of the Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission in the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero in Buenaventura, Valle de Cauca.

FOR Peace Presence began accompanying within the Humanitarian Space in July of 2014 in order to raise the visibility and physical security of a community that joined efforts to live in a space free of illegal armed groups when it established the Humanitarian Space in April, 2014.


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