March Monthly Update

Webinar Now Online: De or Remilitarization in Colombia – Prospects for Peace in a Post Accords Context

Thanks for joining us on April 1st for our webinar De or Remilitarization in Colombia – Prospects for Peace in a Post Accords Context. If you weren’t able to listen to the webinar live, it is now available online .


In Bajo Atrato the civilian population remains affected by paramilitary and guerrilla presence

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The following article was originally published by SweFOR on March 29, 2016.  

Since the arrival of the Gaitanistas Defence Forces of Colombia in the rural municipality of Riosucio almost six months have passed and yet the vast majority of communities is still waiting for their needs to be addressed by the state. SweFOR reiterates the concern of the Association of Indigenous Councils Embera, Wounaan, Katío, Chamí and Tule of the Chocó Department – AsOrewa, which was mentioned in the Newsletter of December.

The communities of the Bajo Atrato in the municipality of Riosucio have been affected by the presence of armed actors and abandonment by the state


Siguen las afectaciones a la población civil en el Bajo Atrato por la presencia de paramilitares y guerrilla

Este articulo fue publicado originalmente en SweFOR  Marzo 29, 2016.

Ahora han pasado casi seis meses desde la llegada de las Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia a la zona rural del municipio de Riosucio y la gran mayoría de las comunidades todavía no han sido atendidas por el Estado. SweFOR reitera la preocupación de la Asociación de Cabildos indígenas Embera, Wounaan, Katío, Chamí y Tule del Departamento del Chocó – AsOrewa que se mencionó en la Carta Informativa de diciembre.

Los afluentes del Atrato en el municipio de Riosucio padecen un abandono Estatal fuerte y las comunidades han sido muy afectadas por los actores armados illegales


March Monthly Update


The celebration of the collective title

In March,  FORPP had the opportunity to accompany Inter-Church Commission of Justice and Peace as well as Communidades Construyendo Paz en Los Territorios (CONPAZ) to a ceremony to celebrate the decision to award 177,817 hectares of land to 64 Afro-Colombian communities of the river Naya, Buenaventura. For many years, these communities of the Río Naya have been engaged in a legal battle for the titling for their ancestral lands, which are located between Buenaventura and López de Micay in the Pacific Basin. In 2001 over 100 people were killed by paramilitaries which provoked a massive displacement of these communities. The collective title guarantees that the land is communal property which cannot be sold, seized, or transferred without the communities’ previous consent.