New report from ACOOC: “Although they are prohibited”

New Incertitude 19 years after Operation Génesis

Para la versión en español haz click aqui

This article was also published in German by and an adapted version was published by Global Voices.

Delegation on its way to military base Guamal

At the end of February, FOR Peace Presence joined a national and international1 delegation who accompanied the Communities for Self-Determination, Life, and Dignity of Cacarica (CAVIDA) to commemorate 19 years of suffering and displacement caused by the military/paramilitary operation Génesis in the Río Cacarica Basin, Bajo Atrato, in the department (province) of Chocó. It was to be a pilgrimage for peace with socio-environmental justice, and the walk lasted several days, going from the humanitarian zone “Nueva Vida, Cacarica, all the way to Cerro Mocho. Cerro Mocho forms the limit of the black community’s collective title in Cacarica with the Panama border, and where a binational Colombian/Panamanian military base was installed in June 2013, generating new concerns.


Nuevas incertidumbres 19 años después de la Operación Génesis

For the English version, click here.

Este artículo fue publicado en alemán en y también una versión adaptada en inglés en Global Voices.

Caminata de la delegación hacia la base militar

A finales de febrero de 2016, FOR Presente por la Paz fue parte de una delegación nacional e internacional1 que acompañó a las Comunidades de Autodeterminación, Vida y Dignidad del Cacarica –CAVIDA- en la conmemoración de los 19 años de sufrimientos y desplazamientos causados por la Operación militar y paramilitar Génesis en la cuenca del Río Cacarica, Bajo Atrato, en el departamento del Chocó. Efectuando una peregrinación por la paz con justicia socio ambiental, el grupo asumió el reto de caminar varios días desde la zona humanitaria Nueva Vida, Cacarica, hasta el Cerro Mocho. Ese lugar constituye el límite del título colectivo de la comunidad negra de Cacarica y la frontera con Panamá en donde una base militar binacional colombiana y panameña, instalada en junio de 2013, nuevamente genera preocupaciones.


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.


FOR Peace Presence February Monthly Update


Environmental Public Hearing

We started February accompanying Tierra Digna to the environmental public hearing on February 5th on the expansion of Prodeco (Glencore)’s mine Calenturitas in the department of Cesar. It was an important opportunity for the community to tell the national environmental licensing authority as well as Prodeco how mining activity in the area has affected them and raise their concerns about an expansion of such activity. Community members came prepared with signs, protesting the loss of fish in the rivers, contamination in the air and the water crisis in the area. In their intervention, Tierra Digna was able to bring to the attention of the authorities serious structural problems with the studies and the environmental management plans of the companies. At the end of the month we once again accompanied Tierra Digna to Cesar, this time for the monthly meeting in Boquerón on the resettlement as well as for a series of workshops on rural development. Community members had the opportunity to brainstorm problems that face Boquerón today as well as possible solutions for overcoming them.


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.