In recent days, Dutch peace organization PAX has started a campaign to call Dutch people to not use energy from Essent, Nuon, E.ON, Delta en Electrabel; Dutch energy companies who directly buy coal from the transnational corporations Drummond (U.S.) and Prodeco (owned by Anglo-Swiss Glencore) in the region of Cesar (Colombia). The campaign is called STOP BLOEDKOLEN (?stop blood coals?). PAX also called for these companies to stop buying coal from the mining companies Drummond and Prodeco.
The association CONPAZ, of more than 113 Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant communities and organizations in Colombia, has been working for 14 years with the communities affected by the armed conflict. Now this organization sents an open letter to James Rodr?guez.
?Communique by the Fifth Front of the FARC-EP?
Recently, the government army accused us of placing explosives in the village of San Jos? de Apartado. We clarify the following:
Taken from: www.colectivodeabogados.org
Press release Colombian Coalition Against Torture
Between 2001 and 2009, at least 1834 people were victims of torture. Of these, 422 survived, 1148 were killed and 264 were victims of psychological torture. Until 2014, over 26,000 forced disappearances have been reported; in the past 14 years, 63,183 threats have been denounced, hundreds of arbitrary arrests, 773 cases of torture, recorded in Justice and Peace, over 500.000 victims of sexual violence and about 5.000.000 displaced people.
May 3, 2014. Report from Havana
?Political prisoners suffer physical and psychological torture?
Havana, Cuba - The FARC-EP denounced that 11.000 political and war prisoners suffer torture, overcrowding, lack of medical help and lack of legal protection.
?We agree, Uribe: There shouldn't be impunity?
April 6, 2014
Havana, Cuba - The FARC-EP today offered its point of view on the declarations made by ex-president ?lvaro Uribe V?lez in regard to impunity and participation in politics for guerrilla fighters.
Air Force Bombings Endanger and Kill Civilians in Colombia
FORTUL, COLOMBIA - On Saturday, November 23rd, Giovanny Yamid Aldana left his humble family home in a rural area in the municipality of Fortul, to take his pregnant wife and son to the clinic. There, she took an ultrasound test, and the young family stayed over night in the city of Saravena, in the department of Arauca, near Colombia?s border with Venezuela.
The next morning, Aldana got a call from a local authority, informing him that his house had been bombed by the Colombian Air Force. One of Aldana?s farmhands was reported dead, and the other injured.
Aldana didn?t dare return to his home until there was a delegation going that would ensure his safety. ?On Tuesday we went with a municipal government official and two people from the Red Cross,? said Aldana during an interview in Fortul?s municipal government offices. ?What we found there was everything in debris, and even pieces of people, inside and outside of the house, which was totally destroyed.?
Aldana took a single, letter sized piece of paper out of his bag, which had four grainy photos printed on it, showing the charred remains of the house he had lived in for the past year, growing bananas, yuca and other vegetables in order to support his family.
The army reported that nine members of the guerrilla were reported dead in the bombing, and two others were captured. ?The Army stated that it was a guerrilla camp, but the owner of the house, Giovanni, who was dedicated to farming, and that?s where they bombed. Yes there were combatants, but there was also civilians there,? said Aide Cristancho, a human rights official with the local government who provides assistance to victims of the armed conflict in the municipality of Fortul.
While media and government focus on the killings of guerrillas in the bombings, civilians who live in the area are sidelined and stigmatized as guerrilla supporters, regardless of the truth of the assertions.
For his part Aldana says he has no connections with any of the armed groups operating in the area. ?I could never have imagined something like this happening, because mine was a residence and I am well outside of the things that go on in the army and in the other armed group,? said Aldana, his hands trembling slightly as he spoke.
Giovanni's House. Photo by The Joel Sierra Human Rights Foundation, Fortul Chapter.Overnight, Giovanni Yamid Aldana, his wife and their eight year old son were transformed from small farmers subsisting off of their 10 hectare plot to three more among over 5.3 million people internally displaced by the armed conflict in Colombia. ?I haven?t returned since it happened, because I?m afraid? I have no work, no money, my wife is pregnant, I have a son, and I don?t have a house to live in, my sustenance was there,? he said.
According to Crisancho, the November 24th aerial bombing in Fortul was the second in the municipality in recent months, it came following a bombing on October 6th in a nature reserve not far from civilian housing. A third bombing on January 14, 2014 took place near rural houses in Fortul.
Some victims of the bombings fear denouncing the events, while others do step forward and lodge formal complaints against the Army or other armed groups in the area. The hopes for compensation from the state are slim, as the process by which victims receive reparations from the state can drag on for years, if it is given at all.
Most of the aerial bombings are never reported in the media, and it can be difficult to reach a total count of how many bombings are taking place in Colombia, according to Chrisancho.
Fortul has historically been a conflict area, home to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla groups, various paramilitary organizations, a large military base, and a special army battalion dedicated to protecting a recently constructed oil pipeline serving Occidental Petroleum and Canada?s Pacific Rubiales, among others. Recent bombings in Arauca are testament to the fact that there has been no ceasefire during the negotiations between members of the FARC and the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba.
Havana, Cuba, site of the Peace Talks, January 15, 2014
About the end of the unilateral ceasefire
Reached the final moment of the unilateral ceasefire, the FARC-EP report to the people of Colombia and the world the fulfillment of our pledged word, beyond the permanent aggressions and provocations by government armed forces.