Empires of Gold and Colombian Extractivism Today

San Pedro de Ingará Humanitarian Space

              Photo credit: Colectivo Sur Cacarica The peace process in Colombia brought both hope and fresh challenges. A year and a half since the Peace Accords were signed, former FARC combatants have laid down their arms and left territories they once dominated. Meanwhile, other illegal armed groups have seized control of these territories, eager to fill the vacuum left behind by the FARC. The small-scale farming families that live in San Pedro de Ingará, a village in the remote hills of southern Chocó Department, are no strangers to the violence of illegally armed groups. In the mid 2000’s, control of the region was highly contested between FARC guerrillas and AUC paramilitaries. The AUC first announced their presence in the area by carrying out a terrifying attack on community members the day of a wedding; slowly, one by one, armed AUC soldiers tied up three different …
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Concern about the financial crisis of the InterAmerican Commission of Human Rights (IACHR)

Para la versión en español haz click aqui.  Jointly with a lot of other civil society organization from Latin America and the world, FOR Peace Presence signed this letter of concern over the financial crisis of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) addressed to the member states of the OAS. May 25thof 2016 OAS Member States, The Coalition for Human Rights in the Americas, and the members of other regional and  global networks from civil society, express our deep concern over the severe financial crisis currently affecting the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR). We endorse this statement in order to appeal all Member States of the Organization of   American States (OAS) to take the necessary actions to guarantee the immediate and proper funding of the IACHR in order to fulfill its mandate. In addition, we urgently call for  the creation of a sustainable fund to finance the Organs of the Inter-American Human Rights System …
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Preocupación sobre la crisis financiera de la CIDH

For the English version, click here. Junto a muchas otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil latinoaméricana  e internacional FOR Presente por la Paz firmó esta carta de preocupación sobre la crisis financiera de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) dirigida hacia sus Estados miembros. 25 de mayo de 2016 Estados miembros de la Organización de los Estados Americanos La Coalición de organizaciones por los Derechos Humanos en las Américas, además de otras redes regionales y globales de sociedad civil, queremos mostrar nuestra preocupación por la grave crisis financiera que atraviesa la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH). Es por eso que suscribimos la presente carta, apelando a todos los Estados miembro de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), para que tomen las medidas necesarias que garanticen su inmediato y adecuado financiamiento. Asimismo, hacemos un llamado urgente a la creación de un fondo sostenible de financiamiento para los órganos …
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Empires of Gold and Colombian Extractivism Today

By Luke Finn Before there was Colombia, there was the extractive industry. The legend of El Dorado stems from a Spaniard, Juan Rodriguez Freyle, watching a High Priest of the Muisca getting covered in gold dust and jumping in Lake Guatavita, near Bogotá, in a religious ceremony that makes the Pope’s big hat and incense burning look fairly underwhelming. Naturally, the Spanish saw this profligacy and wrongheaded veneration of the Sun God Sue, decided that they themselves were far better placed to use all the gold responsibly, and set about destroying the complex societies that had flourished in Colombia prior. Legends of cities of gold (La Ciudad Blanca, the Seven Cities of Cibola) drove men who nowadays would rightly be considered genocidaires (or go-getting entrepreneurs in the global commodities market) across the Atlantic, far from their families, to an uncertain fate—an alien environment full of strange gods, beautiful birds, jeweled beetles; the sort of landscapes …
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