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Civic strike continues in Buenaventura
Civic Strike in Buenaventura
En camino a San José, celebrando 20 años de resistencia.
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Interested in joining our team? We are now opening a call for applications for a new round of international accompaniers! For impartiality and security reasons, we only receive applications from people who are not Colombian.

Deadline for applications: 15th June, 2017...
Training in Bogotá: End of July, 2017

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We're constantly learning and growing with our partners. A few shots from a milking lesson for our SJA team. #farmfresh #gotmilk

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The increase bucks a general drop in the murder rate and could be a side effect from the peace deal.|By BBC News

Nuestro apoyo al Padre Javier. We offer our support to Fr. Javier.

La comunidad a la que pertenece el polémico padre Giraldo alza la voz en su defensa frente a las acusaciones de “terrorista y difamador” que le hizo el expresidente

This is an example of the control big (foreign) business seeks to exert over Colombian natural resources, and the lengths they go to, to get their way. We accompany the threatened lawyers' collective Tierra Digna, who support communities around Colombia affected by mining to get the best deal for themselves. Please support us today, donate here:

Colombia’s government is facing a $16.5 billion lawsuit following a dispute over a mining permit in the protected nature reserve of Yaigoje-Apaporis National Park in the south of the country,…

Join our international delegation to Colombia! Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet activists, peacemakers, human rights defenders, and communities building real peace, from the ground up! Contact us for more info!…/international-delegation-peace…/

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Öffentliches Kommuniqué zum Streik in Buenaventura

Seit 2014 begleitet die internationale Organisation FOR Peace Presence in Buenaventura und Umgebung zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und Humanitäre Räume, sowie die Gemeinden an den Flüssen San Juan, Naya und Calima.

Während der letzten Wochen sind wir zunehmend besorgt über die schlechter werdende Sicherheitslage von EinwohnerInnen und TeilnehmerInnen am Streik in Buenaventura. Unter den Klagen, die wir von unseren Kont...akten erhalten haben, hat uns besonders die Nachricht traurig gemacht, dass neun junge Menschen im Kugelhagel der Sicherheitskräfte verletzt wurden, und dass PatientInnen und medizinisches Personal im örtlichen Spital durch chemisches Gas, versprüht durch die Bereitschaftspolizei ESMAD, in Mitleidenschaft gezogen wurden. Tragischer Weise wurde ein junger Mann während der Unruhen erschossen. Er war 22 Jahre alt.

Angesichts der Polizeigewalt, insbesondere durch ESMAD, gegen marschierende zivile StreikteilnehmerInnen waren zwei Mitglieder unseres Teams zwischen 23. und 27. Mai als internationale MenschenrechtsbeobachterInnen in Buenaventura anwesend. Während unseres Aufenthalts in Buenaventura beobachteten wir die Militarisierung der Stadt, und als Organisation, die in gewaltfreier Aktion verwurzelt ist, denken wir, dass die ausgedehnte Präsenz bewaffneter Kräfte während eines friedlichen zivilen Protests nur dazu dient, die Spannungen und die Möglichkeit eines Gewaltausbruchs zu erhöhen.

Wir heben die Bedeutung des Rechts der zivilen Bevölkerung zum Protest hervor, speziell jenes einer Bevölkerung, die seit vielen Jahren unter vielen Formen von Gewalt, wie der Präsenz illegaler bewaffneter Gruppen, extremer Armut und dem Mangel an öffentlichen Dienstleistungen wie der Trinkwasserversorgung, leidet.

Wir rufen dazu auf, die Unterdrückung, die während der letzten zwei Wochen der zivilen Proteste in der Stadt herrschte, zu beenden. In einem Land, das mit dem Friedensübereinkommen von Havanna an einem historischen Punkt steht, ist es besonders wichtig, das Bekenntnis zum Frieden zu unterstreichen und eine friedliche Lösung durch Dialog zwischen den staatlichen Autoritäten und der Zivilgesellschaft zu suchen.

Juni 2017

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Comunicato pubblico sulla situazione di Buenaventura, Colombia…/comunicato-pubblico-sulla-situ…/

Dal 2014, l’organizzazione di accompagnamento internazionale FOR Peace Presence accompagna le organizzazioni della societá civile, gli spazi umanitari e le comunitá del Rio San Juan, Naya e Calima nella cittá e nei dintorni di Buenaventura, Colombia.

FORPP expresses its concern about the use of violence in the ongoing strike in Buenaventura. Read the entire communiqué below…/public-communique-civil-strike…/

Desde FORPP manifestamos nuestra preocupación sobre el uso de violencia contra el paro civico en Buenaventura. Aqui el comunicado público:

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Since 2014, the international accompaniment organization FOR Peace Presence has accompanied the civil society organizations and humanitarian spaces, as well as the communities of Rios San Juan, Naya, and Calima in the city and surrounding area of Buenaventura.

Want a job that makes a difference? Want to support local peace initiatives? Help build real solidarity? Challenge global structures of power? We've got your answer.…/02/advert-programme-coordinator/

Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Presence (FORPP) provides protective international accompaniment to at-risk human rights defenders and grass-roots communities, organisations and leaders in Colombia who are committed to social, racial and environmental justice. At this time a vacancy has arisen fo...

Join our International Fall Delegation to Colombia!

September 11 - 21, 2017
Join us in September to meet grassroots peacemakers and communities in Colombia. What can you expect? Three days in Bogotá, visiting FOR partners, politicians and embassies: a trip to the Nilo farming community next to the country’s largest military base; a visit to the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero in Buenaventura and to Cauca, to meet representatives of social movements in Popayan. Write us for more information!

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The week comes to an end, and the civic strike continues in Buenaventura where civilians have peacefully taken to the streets to demand better living conditions and the end to human rights violations. Our FORPP accompaniment team continues to observe the situation, sharing footage from the strike.


A civic strike has taken over Buenaventura, as civil society demands a solution to poor conditions and continued human rights violations in the region. We are there to observe the ongoing situation, as it reaches its tenth day. Tom Power and Ila Tanita share footage from the streets.


Rival politicians, not police, turned peaceful protests violent in west Colombia: Mayor

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Buenaventura’s mayor said Monday that incitement by local politicians, not the police opening fire at unarmed protesters, spurred an outburst of violence in Colombia’s main port city on Friday. Mayor Eliecer…

(Español a continuación) Demand that the US State Department and congressional leadership working on foreign relations pressure the Colombia government to reach... a positive solution.

The Civic Strike in Buenaventura, Colombia (also taking place in Chocó Department) has been highly organized and mostly peaceful, but local social movements, as well as Colombian Senator Alexander López, recently denounced the violent and provocative conduct of the National Police and the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) on Friday, May 19th. When the ESMAD was ordered to clear a peaceful blockade, they used gases, helicopters, stun bombs, tanks, and firearms against children, pregnant women, young people, and elderly adults. There are reports of babies dying due to the gases, and also reports of artisanal fisherman being threatened by the Gaitanista paramilitary group for their participation in the strike.

Tell the State Dept. and congressional leadership to act NOW!…/violent-repression-of-civic-str…

Exija que el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU y el liderazgo del Congreso Estadounidense que trabaja en relaciones exteriores presionen al gobierno colombiano para que alcance una solución positiva (enlace arriba).

El Paro Cívico en Buenaventura, Colombia (que también tiene lugar en el departamento de Chocó) ha sido altamente organizado y en su mayoría pacífico, pero los movimientos sociales locales, así como el senador colombiano Alexander López, denunciaron recientemente la conducta violenta y provocativa de la Policía Nacional y el Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios (ESMAD) el viernes, 19 de mayo. Cuando se ordenó al ESMAD que dispersara un bloqueo pacífico, usaron gases, helicópteros, bombas aturdidoras, tanques y armas de fuego contra niñxs, mujeres embarazadas, jóvenes y adultos mayores. Se han reportado casos de muerte de bebés debido a los gases, y han habido informes de pescadorxs artesanales amenazadxs por un grupo paramilitar (Las Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia) por su participación en el paro.

¡Dígales al Departamento de Estado y al liderazgo del Congreso Estadounidense que actúen AHORA (enlace arriba)!

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Witness for Peace is gravely concerned about the Colombian government’s response to the ongoing general strike currently taking place in the Afro-Colombian port city of Buenaventura and the Pacific region. On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 89 civil society organizations joined together under the umbrella…