Last November 28 a menacing message was received in the inbox of the communications commission of the Valle del Cauca branch of the movement Marcha Patriótica. In the text, four members of Marcha were threatened with death and the entire movement was stigmatized as “the party of the FARC”.
This past weekend, a pamphlet signed by “Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia” a known paramilitary organization that has already committed attacks and murders of social and political leaders in Colombia, threatened a series of social leaders of Barrancabermeja as well as offered money to whoever kills the people on the list.
Just a few days passed from the signing of the new Peace Agreement in Havana and in Colombia only this week four civil society leaders have been killed, while last week, two members of the FARC were killed by the army.
"For peace and life, political killings must stop and full democratic guarantees must be implemented"
The first of November the dead body of Jhon Jairo Rodriguez Torres was found; he was member of the Community Action Board of El Palo, Caloto (Cauca) and campesino leader of Marcha Patriotica, a social and political movement of national presence that counts with the participation of over 2000 social and political organizations.
According to the Information System on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders 19 activists have been killed and there have been a total of 63 individual attacks, in the period between July and September 2016.
According to a report published by Agencia de Prensa IPC, two women have been murdered on Thursday 13 October in the borough of Buenos Aires, in Caceres, Antioquia.
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó reported that members of the Armed Forces said that they are not going to do anything against the paramilitaries who have been stationed at the “Arenas Bajas” and “Artenas Altas” rural settlements for over 30 days, and that they will also "misrepresent" all complaints that the community makes. The paramilitaries also stated that their objective is to stay in the territory.
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.
A report from the Justice and Peace Chamber of the Superior Court of Bogotá points at more than 50 companies for alleged collaboration with illegal groups during the armed conflict.