[News] Colombia: Indigenous Communities Denounce Lack of Guarantees, Vow to Remain in Bogota
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Wed Nov 14 11:41:26 EST 2018
Colombia: Indigenous Communities Denounce Lack of Guarantees, Vow to
Remain in Bogota
Published 14 November 2018
The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, or ONIC, denounced
Tuesday night the lack of guarantees for the over 450 Indigenous people
who traveled to Bogota to remain in the capital city. Via Twitter, they
questioned the government of President Ivan Duque.
"These are the guarantees of the government of @IvanDuque for the people
who flee Choco due to the conflict? Volunteers woke up inside
@ONIC_Colombia and those who couldn't fit in the hall's floors had to
sleep in streets 12b and 4th," they tweeted Wednesday morning.
Indigenous peoples of the Embera, Wounaan, and Zenu nationalities of the
Choco region in the Colombian Pacific reached Bogota Monday to demand
the fulfillment of a set of agreements reached in August 2017, which
according to Indigenous communities have been unilaterally broken by
The agreements include safety guarantees in their territories, which
have witnessed several incidents of violence. ONIC has reported that
since late 2016 -when the peace agreement between the Colombia state and
the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was signed-
violence has forcibly displaced 5,730 Indigenous while 8,245 are
suffering from involuntary confinement.
They have also denounced that 10 Indigenous leaders have been tortured,
25 recruited by illegal armed forces, 65 have been murdered, and 161 are
currently under threat.
On Tuesday they resumed talks with government representatives but failed
to reach a solution. At 11 p.m. the talks were suspended due to lack of
guarantees for their permanence in Bogota. The ONIC announced they will
resume talks Wednesday to discuss security, lack of health services in
their communities, the need for education, energy, and transport
infrastructure, and land restitution.
In the streets next to the ONIC headquarters, where many had to spend
the night, men, women, and children shared music and dance as part of
the resistance. "In our #MingaPorLife (minga is a form of collective
work) we dance to live, we dance to not die, we dance because we exist
and resist in the face of oblivion. #IAmIndigenous, #IAmChoco."
Members of the Minga are also defending popular consultations as a
mechanism to stop extractive industries when the communities oppose
them. In October, Colombia's Constitutional Court
ruled that Indigenous communities cannot use popular consultations as a
mechanism to stop extractive projects arguing the state is the owner of
all the resources in the countries subsurface.
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