The care of Life is the fundamental content of Peace. The people, the families, the communities, the processes that are part of the Ethnic and Popular Peasant Agrarian Summit call for an end to violence.
The history of peace cannot continue to be written with blood, nor with fear, nor with terror towards the Colombian people. The Peace that we are doing talks, summons and proposes a change in the relationship between human beings and nature.
We asked the Colombian government and the armed forces Why were Diana Luz Solano assassinated in Zaragoza Antioquia and Víctor Manuel Morato in Yondo Antioquia on January 17? Why was Plinio Pulgarin assassinated in San José de Uré on January 18? Cordova? Why were Luis Díaz López and Miller Díaz López murdered in Tame Arauca on January 19? Why were José Olmedo Obando assassinated in Ipiales Nariño and Harley Johanny Mogollón Becerra in Saravena Arauca on January 22? Why on January 22, Nahum Quintero, José Barahona and Eduard Rojas were harassed by the National Police, in the La Mata district in southern Cesar? Why on January 25, in Garifa-Sucre, were Humberto Manuel Escobar Mercado, Prisciliano Manuel Mercado García, and Manuel Eusebio Osorio Escobar assassinated? Why on January 26, Was Eleazar Tequía Bitucay an indigenous guard assassinated in Chocó? Why on January 27 did the survivor of the Mapirípan (Meta) massacre Cecilia Lozano once again survive an attempted murder with a knife that injured her face and back? Why, that same day, was Temístocles Machado, leader of the Buenaventura civic strike, assassinated? Why was Nicomedes Payán Segura assassinated in López de Micay on January 29? Why were Leidy Amaya assassinated in San Calixto Norte de Santander and Nixon Mutis Sossa in Cantagallo Bolivar on January 30? Why on January 31, was Antonio Maria Vargas Madrid assassinated in San Jose de Ure Cordoba? Why on February 1, was Yolanda Maturana assassinated in Risaralda? Why is fear sowing terror with bombings on the Chagpien Tordo indigenous reservation? Why in Colombia,
From January 4 to February 6, 2018. There have been 26 homicides of social leaders and human rights defenders. Of which the majority were peasants, indigenous people and Afro-descendants who were part of the organizations that make up the Ethnic and Popular Peasant Agrarian Summit.
We ask ourselves and ask the Government:
In the framework of the Peace Processes carried out between the national government with the FARC-EP and the ELN, the reduction in the death of combatants at times of de-escalation of the armed conflict was evident; However, the strengthening of paramilitarism in the regions and the actions of the Public Force, as fundamental actors in the increase in socio-political violence against social leaders and Human Rights defenders, is worrying, together with a lack of diligence in the duties of respect, prevention and effective protection and guarantee of Human Rights by the Colombian State.
The Human Rights subcommittee of the Agrarian Summit has systematized and denounced the murder of 316 social leaders and Human Rights defenders between the years 2016 (116), 2017 (174) and 2018 (26) and of 47 members FARC in the process of reincorporation and 13 relatives of these. This year 2018, 26 leaders have been murdered, 25 of them after January 9, when the Bilateral Ceasefire between the ELN and the National Government will end.
In 2017, there were 139,000 internal forced displacements and so far this year, they have exceeded 3,200 forcibly displaced persons.
Faced with this humanitarian crisis, the war against the social and popular movement, and the militarization of the territories, the State cannot answer us that it is due to problems of skirts or personal reasons, it has been to claim land, accompany victim processes, exercise the right autonomy and determination of the peoples, and propose present and future without inequality; Why the peace that was agreed but still needs to be implemented and that we want to continue talking in Quito is one where we stop eliminating ourselves, where we put our country’s aspirations at the center, and implement transformations that make possible that other Colombia that we deserve in the countryside and in the city.
We do not deserve broken families, frightened communities, because that time is no longer that of this generation, not that of those of us who are part of the Ethnic and Popular Peasant Agrarian Summit. Being a social leader is not a crime, creating democracy is not a crime, taking care of Colombian sovereignty is not a crime, defending the self-determination of ethnic peoples is not a crime. Every day the calendar for the implementation of the peace accords marks threats, murders, displacements and stigmatization.
In the period that remains, this government must focus on making visible how social leaders are making a fairer country possible, and the governments that follow must bet on social, economic and political transformations and guarantee the rights to the truth. , justice, reparation and non-repetition.
We demand and demand justice, we demand effective psychic investigation and action from the relevant jurisdictions, we demand that international guarantors go to the territories where leaders continue to be assassinated, we demand the removal of the high military commanders responsible for human rights violations, we demand For the military forces to withdraw from our territories, we demand respect for our own governments that exercise autonomous authority in our territories.
Due to the previous context, the Agrarian Summit demands that the parties to the peace talks in Quito install the fifth cycle and agree to a new bilateral halt with effective humanitarian relief for the communities; in addition, that the agreed agenda be developed, especially the point of participation of society related to the points of transformation and democracy for peace, and victims. Likewise, we continue to demand that the Government comply with the agreements reached with the FARC and compliance with the agreements with the social movement and the Agrarian Summit, especially the activation and development of the Human Rights Subcommittee within the framework of the Single National Month, scenario which is in crisis due to the government’s failure to comply with the agreed agendas and commitments.