Last Friday, as part of the commemoration held for National Human Rights Day, the Community Council of the town of La Esperanza, in Buenaventura, declared its collective property as Territory of Peace, Humanitarian and Environmental, in order to avoid further environmental and social damages caused by groups allied with Los Urabeños.
The Interior Ministry allowed these people to constitute as Community Council to sell land to officials of the municipality of Buenaventura for amounts ranging between $ 300,000 and $ 30 million, and benefit payments on behalf of the construction of the dual carriageway to Cali.
Community leader Marina Inestroza, ensures that among these people they have identified some who in alliance with paramilitary groups have deforested to plant coca and build homes, cabins and restaurants, whose waste are dumped in the ravines. They have also threatened and attacked the legitimate owners of the land, who were eventually forced to move.
Peasant families have the support of the Interchurch Commission for Justice and Peace, and the Network of Communities Building Peace in the Territories and declare the village as Territory of Peace in order to see these attacks against them ending and hoping this could generate decent conditions for those who have been unable to return.
What is the National Guerrilla Conference?
The Conference of the FARC-EP is the highest guerrillas’ authority to which each and every guerrilla of any grade and rank must submit. In the Conference all issues are discussed on the basis of thesis, the study of current phenomena affecting Colombian society.
Political decisions on agreements and the end of the conflict will mark the defeat of an idea that since the time of the conservative restoration, with Mariano Ospina and Laureano Gomez in the ’40s, imposed from above a war we thought would never end.
Havana, 24 August, 2016
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP announce that we have reached a Final, comprehensive and definite agreement on all the points of the agenda of the General Agreement for the Termination of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace in Colombia.
Through various newsletters, political prisoners held in the Patio 4 of La Picota prison in Bogota speak to the country and the State in the hope to find a solution to the serious health crisis facing the inmates in this prison.
For the past 29 days prisoners in La Picota jail are protesting to demand comprehensive health care for the entire prison population in Colombia, given the crisis faced in prisons, the product of a model trading, as they ensure, with the life of human beings.
Villavicencio, Meta August 14, 2016
The delegations of the National Government and the FARC-EP report that after six days of intense simultaneous work in several regions of the country, today have completed the technical visits to the villages that were proposed for becoming Transitory Normalisation Areas and Transitory Normalisation Points.
In coordination with 150 people, including delegates of the National Government, Commanders of Brigades and Police generals who were part of the Technical Subcommission for the End of Conflict, led by General Javier Florez, 33 members of the FARC-EP, who came from Havana headed by Carlos Antonio Lozada, all of them accompanied by the ICRC, most commanders of the Fronts in the areas, international observers from the UN Mission in Colombia, representatives of the guarantor countries Cuba and Norway, several governors and mayors, who visited 22 of the 23 areas and 8 points.
In agreement, we decided to postpone the technical visit proposed to the town of Caldono, Cauca. We will continue to collect the maximum amount of technical information to define the location of that Area.
During the visits, the technical teams made up of engineers, cartographers, surveyors, with the support of satellite technology, collected more than 800 images and aerial photographs as well as the information necessary for the parties in Havana to make the final decisions.
We appreciate the willingness and enthusiasm of communities and Community Action Boards, as well as their interest to know and be part of the stage that is about to begin and their firm support to peace. Similarly, we highlight the teamwork with the Governors, some of whom attended the visits and some delegated the secretaries of Government and Planning.
We were accompanied by: the governor of Meta, Marcela Amaya, the governors of Guaviare, Nebio Echeverry, de Vichada, Luis Carlos Alvarez y Arauca, Ricardo Alvarado; the mayors of Tibú, Jesús Alberto Escalante, Arauquita, Renson Martínez, Tierra Alta, Fabio Otero, Dabeiba, Antonio Lara, Vigía del Fuerte, Manuel Cuesta, Ituango, Hernán Alvarez, Remedios, Lucía Carvajal, Segovia (e) Leidy Muñeton, Riosucio, Luis Mena, from Carmen del Darién, Erlin Ibaguen, Puerto Asís, Omar Francis Guevara, Cartagena del Chairá, Luis Francisco Vargas, La Montañita, José Leonel Guarnizo, San Vicente del Caguán, Humberto Sánchez; Villarica, Arley Beltrán; Planadas, José Funor Dussán, Mesetas, Albeiro Serna, Vistahermosa, Marco Antonio Gordillo, Macarena, Ismael Medellín, Mapiripán, Alexander Mejía Buitrago, Calamar, Pedro Novoa, San José del Guaviare, Efraín Rivera, Cumaribo, Hermeregildo Beltrán, Policarpa, Claudia Inés Cabrera, de Corinto, Edward Fernando García and from Buenos Aires, Urdely Caravali.
The visits were made to the following towns:
(Description by department)
Antioquia: Llano Grande, Dabeiba, Santa Lucia, Ituango, Vegaes, Vigia del Fuerte and El Carrizal, Remedios
Arauca: Bocas del Ele and Philippines, Arauquita
-Cauca: Robles, Buenos Aires and Vereda La Cominera, Corinth
- Caquetá: Las Marimbas, Cartagena del Chaira, El Carmen, La Montanita and Miravalle, San Vicente del Caguan
- Choco: Florida, Riosucio
-Cesar: Los Encantos, La Paz
-Cordoba: Gallo, Tierra Alta
-Guaviare: Puerto Cachicamo and Charras in San José del Guaviare, La Unilla, Return and Tierra Negra, Squid
Guajira: Pondores, Fonseca
Meta: Buenavista, Mesetas, La Cooperativa, Vista Hermosa, La Y, Macarena and La Horqueta, Mapiripán
-Nariño: La Playa, Tumaco and Betania, Policarpa
Norte de Santander: Caño Indio, Tibu
-Putumayo: Campo Alegre, Puerto Asis
-Tolima: San Miguel, Planadas and Las Colonias, Villarica
-Vichada: Chupave, Cumaribo
In the coming days in the framework of the Talks in Havana, we will announce the final decision on the location of the zones and points.
We thank the guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway and the ICRC for their support for the success of this task.
In the Las Camelias Humanitarian Zone, in the basin of the Curbaradó river, municipality of Carmen del Darien Choco, last Tuesday with the aim of proposing houses to the peace process, the DiPaz organization was visiting the communities to socialize the six-point agreement to be signed by the Colombian government and the FARC-EP at the negotiating table established in Havana, Cuba.
The workshop was attended by communities in the basins of the Curbaradó, Jiguamiandó, The Long Tumaradó, Vigia Curbaradó, students, families from Jiguamiandó, Pedeguita and Mansilla, La Larga Tumaradó and Vigia Curbaradó and six DiPaz delegates.
Communities expressed their concern with the presence of paramilitary and occupants entrepreneurs and the breach by the Government of the law that shelters the collective territories of the afros, indigenous and Afro-mestizos.
The workshop was very rewarding for people who attended because they could realize that what the government is saying in Havana, differs a lot from the reality they are living in the territories. The communities participated with poems, hip-hop songs in which they talked about the violation of rights of communities Afromestizo by the government in Curbaradó.
Written by: Jose Francisco Alvarez - Jaider Acosta (Popular Communicators Network CONPAZ)