Coalition for Peace in Colombia Draft Points of Unity (still in development)

WE CALL FOR AN END TO THESE CONDITIONS IN COLOMBIA:

  1. The Colombian government of Ivan Duque is sabotaging the Peace Accord and its agreements signed between the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army) and the Colombian government in 2016.
  2. Human rights defenders, social movement leaders (especially among afro and indigenous communities), and former FARC-EP combatants are being assassinated daily by military, police and government backed paramilitary groups with impunity. The Colombian government must strengthen efforts to fight impunity and violence by putting an end to it links to paramilitary groups and their structure.
  3. The Colombian government must take concrete actions to ensure material advances in the collective, territorial and political rights of black and Indigenous communities as cocreated in the 1991 Colombian constitution.
  4. Political prisoners and prisoners of war are still in jail under despicable conditions even though the peace accord agreed to their release.
  5. President Duque and his mentor, Alvaro Uribe make every legal and illegal effort to break and make dysfunctional the new peace court (the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP).
  6. The Duque government, along with the U.S., has supported the extradition of the Peace negotiators from the FARC-EP. 
  7. Colombia uses its territory as a launching pad for U.S. interference in and aggressions against Venezuela. 
  8. Colombian aggression toward the people of Venezuela is the same as the aggression it uses toward the people and the popular movements of Colombia.
  • Colombia acts in the name of the U.S. by creating a massive media and political attack on Venezuela throughout Latin America.

END U.S. SUPPORT FOR WAR AND REPRESSION IN COLOMBIA – END U.S. IMPERIALISM IN THE REGION

  1. The U.S. has militarized Colombia in order to invade any area or country that opposes U.S. corporate policy. It also supports the repression of popular movements within Colombia.
  • The U.S. undermines the Colombian Peace Accord of 2016.
  • The U.S. has readied Colombia as the main political and military enemy of Venezuela.
  • The U.S. supports all of the repressive policies of the right-wing government of Ivan Duque. It does not support the Peace Accord.
  •  The U.S. demands the extradition of left Colombian leaders to the U.S. for trial. The Farc-EP leader, Simon Trinidad, has been a political prisoner in the U.S. for 15 years.
  • The U.S. arranges the extraditions of right-wing narco-traffickers and paramilitary leaders, in order to cover up investigations into their ties with Colombian political and business officials as well as their responsibilities for grave human rights violations. 
  • The U.S. government ignores the point of the peace agreement about crop substitution and has pursued violent forced eradication of coca by the Colombian Armed Forces. This has resulted in many deaths and even whole scale massacres. Presently the U.S. insists on the use of the carcinogenic glyphosate (RoundUp Ultra) to aerial spray coca growing communities causing massive displacement. 
  • The U.S. has militarized Colombia in order to invade any area or country that opposes U.S. corporate policy. It also supports the repression of popular movements within Colombia.
  • The United States government keeps the FARC-EP on the State Department terrorist list. The peace accords are the law of the land in Colombia. The FARC-EP no longer exists as a guerrilla army and has been replaced by the new and legal political party, the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force (FARC). 
  • The U.S. has spent more than $12 billion dollars to support the military and state institutions of repression in Colombia. 
  • The U.S. is the political and military author of the civil war in Colombia for over 52 years. The Pentagon’s Yarborough Commission even urged Colombia in 1962 to use tactics of terror and to organize paramilitary and military assaults against popular movements in rural Colombia. 

CANADA MUST SUPPORT PEACE AND JUSTICE IN COLOMBIA

  1. The government of Canada must act immediately and pressure the Colombian Government to refrain from further criminalizing social activists and to ensure the protection of life and the human rights of all social leaders in Colombia.
  2. Canada must ensure its economic interests do not prevail over human, labour and social rights and its ability to effectively monitor the implementation of a sustainable peace process.
  3. The government of Canada must act immediately and pressure the Colombian Government to end its systematic anti-union practices in Colombia, which have negative impacts on their rights as organizations, particularly in the exercise of their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
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