What happened to ASOTRACAMPO after the eviction?

New report from ACOOC: “Although they are prohibited”

Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí.

“In regards to restrictive measures of personal liberty which lack judicial authorization, roundups or raids (…) are prohibited by the Constitution”. Despite this ruling made in 2014 by the Constitutional Court of Colombia in resolution T-455, the practice of systematically rounding up youth by members of the National Army (arbitrary detention with the goal of recruitment), still continues in Colombia, as proven by the Collective Action for Conscientious Objectors (ACOOC) in their daily accompaniment of roundup victims.

Informe ACOOC 2015ACOOC has released their annual report about arbitrary detentions with the goal of recruitment as a follow up to the ruling by the Constitutional Court. Aunque están prohibidas (Although they are prohibited) proposes an analysis of the six months following the ruling on January 27, 2015. ACOOC collected information from reports they received through calls, emails, public and personal reports in coordination with the District Process of Conscientious Objection [1] and the Bogotá District Secretary of Government.

Nuevo informe de Acooc: “Aunque están prohibidas”

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“Las redadas o batidas (…) están prohibidas por la Constitución, al tratarse de medidas restrictivas de la libertad personal que carecen de autorización judicial”. A pesar de esta declaración realizada por la Corte Constitucional de Colombia en la Sentencia T-455 de 2014, la práctica de las batidas (detenciones arbitrarias con fines de reclutamiento) realizadas por miembros del Ejército Nacional sigue de manera sistemática en el país, como ACOOC (Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia) lo evidencia cada día en su trabajo de acompañamiento a las víctimas de esas batidas.

Informe ACOOC 2015

ACOOC acaba de publicar su informe anual sobre detenciones arbitrarias con fines de reclutamiento, en seguimiento a esta sentencia de la Corte Constitucional. Aunque están prohibidas propone un análisis de los 6 meses siguientes a la expedición de dicha sentencia, realizada el 27 de enero de 2015. Recolectaron información desde informes que recibieron, en articulación con el Proceso Distrital de Objeción de Conciencia [1] y la Secretaria de Gobierno Distrital de Bogotá (a través de llamadas, correos, reportes públicos y espontáneos).


FOR Peace Presence January Monthly Update

2016 marks the fourteenth year that FOR Peace Presence has been accompanying communities and organizations dedicated to social justice and non-violence in Colombia. January was a month filled with anticipation. We reflected upon how we can support our partners as the country begins to shift its discourse in light of the peace negotiations happening in Havana, Cuba. We also welcomed new accompaniers Tom and Sandra to the Bogotá team. Even as the Colombian government and the FARC draw closer to a peace agreement, our partners continue to face threats and harassment.

A community member speaks at the public hearing in Cesar


What happened to ASOTRACAMPO after the eviction?

“The city expelled us [from our lands] but the city depends on the crops from the countryside.”
– community member of ASOTRACAMPO

We send a heartfelt thank you for your support of the Tamarindo community during the devastating eviction in December. The situation remains complicated, but at least community members assured us that the eviction happened without violence. This is due, in part, to all the international support and international observation by FOR Peace Presence and the United Nations Office for Human Rights on the ground. We thank for your support!

New FORPP acompanier Tom reflects on the resilience of ASOTRACAMPO’s members after continuous displacement and harrasment

It’s incredible that in spite of everything the people continue their fight and retain their hope,” reflects Tom Power, a newbie FOR Peace Presence accompanier on his first visit to ASOTRACAMPO after the eviction.

Since the creation of a duty free zone of Barranquilla in 2007, the community of El Tamarindo, outside Barranquilla on the Northern Caribbean Coast, has been subjected to severe harassment, both judicial and physical, in a government attempt to evict them. The original space of 120 hectares of land, populated by 130 families, was reduced to 30 hectares, which the association of the families of El Tamarindo ASOTRACAMPO declared the Humanitarian Space El Mirador.