Coffee crisis in full swing in Colombia

By: Armando

Published by http://english.pravda.ru/ Last week, Colombian coffee growers initiated a clash with security forces. They stopped working, blocked the road and demanded support from the authorities. Ten of thirty two parts of the country were affected by protests, at least 59 protesters were injured. The coffee crisis has already ruined thousands of small farmers. "We are dealing with a very serious crisis," said local Democratic Party Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo who supported the strikers. The protest, which, as promised by the organizers, will ...

UN human rights office concerned over Colombia’s military justice reform bid

By: Manuela

Expressing “serious concern” over a constitutional reform measure affecting Colombia’s military justice system, the United Nations human rights office today called on the country’s President and the President of the Congress to reconsider their support for the bid, which could undermine efforts to bring perpetrators of alleged war crimes to justice. “If adopted, this reform would seriously undermine previous efforts undertaken by the Colombian Government to ensure that human rights violations, allegedly committed by members of the Colombian military and police ...

Rights of Colombian Indigenous Groups under Threat

By: Milagros

Published by http://www.wola.org Armed groups, mining projects threaten safety and autonomy of indigenous peoples The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) wishes to bring to your attention the following developments concerning indigenous rights in Colombia. Alarming Human Rights Situation for Indigenous Groups The Colombia National Indigenous Organization (Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia, ONIC) presented a disturbing report on March 14, 2013, at the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the alarming situation indigenous groups face due to violence, displacement, discrimination, poverty, and institutional abandonment by the Colombian government. The report highlighted the critical condition of over 66 indigenous groupings that face cultural and physical extermination; many of whom have a population of less than 500 people. Their livelihood is affected by military operations and mining concessions in their territories, which in some instances totals 54 percent of an indigenous reservation. There is substantial displacement ...