Urgent Action: Land claimant leader at risk
Enrique Cabezas, leader of the collective of Afro-descendent territory in Curvaradó (Chocó department, western Colombia), has received several threats in response to his work defending the ancestral territory and the right of the communities to not to be involved in the armed conflict.
Please write immediately in Spanish, or your own language, to the Colombian authorities:
- Calling on them to implement, in consultation with Enrique Cabezas and the community in Curvaradó, an effective collective protection plan for their communities as they protect their right to land restitution.
- Calling on them to ensure that the land restitution for Curvaradó communities is accomplished in an effective way and that territory is returned to its legitimate owners;
- Requesting effective measures to guarantee the life and integrity of all people participating in the land restitution processes in the river basin of Curvaradó; and immediate steps to overcome the structural causes behind the attacks faced by human rights defenders in the region, including the persistence of paramilitary groups in the area.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 JANUARY 2019 TO:
President of Colombia
Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26
Salutation: Dear President
Ministry of Interior
Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez
Ministra del Interior
Calle 12 B No. 8 – 46
Bogotá D.C, Colombia
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission
Carrera 37A Núm. 25B-42
Bogotá D. C., Colombia
Fax: +57 1 2687179
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Embassy of Colombia
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.