CREDHOS notes imminent risk against social leaders who oppose the expansion of extractivism and the violent appropriation of land

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On February 24, CREDHOS issued a statement titled: Humanitarian crisis and crimes against social leaders and human rights defenders in Magdalena Medio.

The statement highlights: “There is an imminent risk against the physical and mental integrity of the social leaders, as well as serious violations of human rights and infractions of International Humanitarian Law faced daily by communities in the territory.”

CREDHOS says: “[These threats come in] the framework of the expansion and reconfiguration of the dynamics of the legal and illegal armed actors – AGC, ELN and post-FARC groups under the command of Gentil Duarte – with the purpose of establishing control over the civilian population and the economies of the region.”

It adds: “The violation of human rights deepens after the interest of the National Government and certain economic sectors to expand and approve mining-energy activities in territories with significant ecological and sociocultural wealth.”

This includes “the accusation, stigmatization, threat and forced displacement of environmental leaders who have opposed the implementation of pilot fracking projects in the municipality of Puerto Wilches, and with the persecution and murder of peasant leaders who have resisted the dispossession of their lands in the face of paramilitarism and the extractivist economy.”

CREDHOS notes the murders of Teofilo Acuña and Jorge Tafur on February 22.

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CREDHOS notes: “Teófilo and Jorge led important processes in defense of the peasantry and their means of subsistence, as well as the natural assets of the territory against the expansion of extractivism and the violent appropriation of land.”

Their statement concludes with a call to “the international community and multilateral organizations (United Nations and Organization of American States – Inter-American Human Rights System) to observe the actions of the Colombian State regarding its obligation to guarantee and respect the fundamental rights of communities.”

The CREDHOS statement can be read in full at Humanitarian crisis and crimes against social leaders and human rights defenders in Magdalena Medio.

PBI-Colombia has accompanied the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS) since 1994.

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