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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.

Take action.

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.




President of Colombia

Iván Duque

Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26

Bogotá, Colombia


Twitter: @IvanDuque

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

HIS EXCELLENCY MR NESTOR OSORIO 3 Hans Crescent SW1X 0LN 020 7589 9177 / 020 7589 5037 Fax 020 7581 1829

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.


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