Acompañados de FORPP enfrentan desplazamiento

Amnesty International Releases Report about Land Restitution Featuring El Tamarindo

Amnesty International released a report entitled “Colombia: A Land Title is Not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia,” highlighting the community of Tamarindo, where FOR Peace Presence accompanies. Access to land is one of the root causes for the 50+ years of armed internal conflict in Colombia. Between 6 and 8 million people have been internally displaced in this time. Colombian and international large-scale mining, infrastructure and agroindustrial projects have greatly benefitted from the removal of Colombian communities from strategic areas by forced displacement, while the displaced populations have been exposed to a multitude of abuses and violations of their basic rights. Those most adversely affected are communities who have traditionally lived off the land, or namely afro-descendant, indigenous and small-scale farming communities. In 2012 the Victims and Land Restitution Law, Law 1448, came into force. It has been the latest attempt not only for land restitution and nationwide clarification of land titles, but to offer more …
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ASOTRACAMPO – Association of Land Workers

ASOTRACAMPO, a collective of 62 families, mostly subsistence farmers and victims of several displacements due to the armed conflict, were completely evicted in December 2015 in midst of the ongoing peace process. They had formed the community of El Tamarindo on untitled wasteland in the outskirts of Barranquilla on the Atlantic Coast, land that had been declared part of the free trade zone, and thus generated interest of powerful regional families. El Tamarindo was cited by Amnesty International as an emblematic case of the problematic implementation of policies in Colombia meant to restitute land to conflict victims, competing with economic investment. After several evictions, in March 2014 ASOTRACAMPO had created the temporal humanitarian space of El Mirador on the last plot of land not evicted, trying to resist eviction and neoparamilitary threats. The final evictions of El Tamarindo left ASOTRACAMPO members dispersed and in a very vulnerable situation. FORPP has …
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Humanitarian Space El Mirador Completely Evicted

Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí. This article was written by FORPP accompaniers Tom Power and Sophie Duval. On November 30th Maresz and Sophie of the FOR Peace Presence team arrived in El Tamarindo to find that the inhabitants of the plot “El Mirador” had received what turned out to be a final eviction notice. The inhabitants, farmers of Asotracampo (Asociaciones de los Trabajadores del Campo, Association of Land Workers), have been fighting for their land rights for more than eight years. In words they exchanged with the FORPP team, their surprise was mixed with a certain level of despair, not only at the notice of eviction but also with what they lived with over the last few years.

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! “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 …
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Acompañados de FORPP enfrentan desplazamiento

For English, click here 53 familias están en riesgo de desalojo inminente de sus fincas en las afueras de Barranquilla para abrir paso a proyectos comerciales. No existen medidas para proporcionar compensación y, después de haber recibido amenazas de muerte, la comunidad está contando con apoyo nacional e internacional. Amnistía Internacional tiene una acción urgente para recoger respaldo internacional para los campesinos. En el calor del mediodía, un hombre levantó un manojo de muelles carbonizados tirados en medio de la finca el Tamarindo, una propiedad de 120 hectáreas al lado de la carretera entre Barranquilla y Bogotá. “Esto fue mi cama,” él dijo. Los otros restos de la finca que no fueron quedamos han sido empujados por excavadoras mecánicas para formar el montículo de cenizas en la cual el hombre estaba parado; un marco de silla roto, tubería, ladrillos regados, ramas carbonizadas de los árboles de ciruela y limón que …
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