Black Land Rights in Northern Cauca

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Manuel Matos  AMHERST, MA

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Black Communities in Northern Cauca are in urgent need of your support. Whatever amount you are able to donate will assist with the acquisition of food, water and medical supplies for hundreds of families out in protest. This urgent fundraiser will only last until 10pm Tuesday, April 26th - Only 24 Hours.

Over 2,000 elders, children, women and men from 41 Afro-Colombian community councils marched peacefully along four kilometers of the main Pan-American Highway in Northern Cauca to demand that the Colombian Government respect the constitutional rights of Black Bommunities to autonomous governance of their ancestral lands. The government's response to this first day of protest was smoke grenades, teargas, and at least one bullet wound as the Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squad (ESMAD) attacked the hundreds of families engaged in peaceful protest.

“This is a political act of the sovereign black peoples of Northern Cauca” said one of the march organizers. “We are in full support of a negotiated end of the armed conflict. We demand the participation of the Afro-Colombian National Peace Council (CONPA) and the Inter-ethnic Commission in the peace process. We demand guarantee for the safety of the human right defenders and the mobilization gathered here today.”

For years the communities have been demanding that the Colombian Government follow through with its constitutional duty to recognize collective land titles to the Ancestral Afro-descendant Community Councils that make up the Association of Community Council of Northern Cauca (ACONC). Instead, the Ministry of Interior denies the existence of black communities, while both the National Development Plan, and the current peace negotiations ignore Black Communities’ collective territorial rights enshrined in Law 70 of 1993. Meanwhile, dozens of Afro-Colombian community leaders continue to be assassinated, displaced and threatened.

Although they have reached a tentative agreement with government officials on the general negotiation principles, the communities intend to block traffic along this main route until their demands are met. The communities call upon national and international solidarity to ensure their safety and support their efforts to provide food, water, medical supplies and other essential necessities as the mobilization is expected to last days.

Please support the ongoing struggle for black land liberation by donating here, and staying informed via www.afrocolombian.org
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Update 2
Posted by Manuel Matos
33 months ago
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Thank you all for supporting the communities of Northern Cauca with your donations.

Thanks to all of you, the communities will receive just over 4 million Colombian Pesos. Please know that these funds will go directly to the movilization and has already been disbursed through an advance via Western Union.

The mobilization is ongoing, and the situation is still delicate and intense. Pleqse know that your show of solidarity strengthens the community's resolve to navigate their struggle.

We will be providing updates via email.

Thank you again for your support.
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Update 1
Posted by Manuel Matos
33 months ago
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https://afrocolombian.org/2016/04/27/colombian-authorities-unleash-tear-gas-media-black-out-against-black-communities-in-second-day-of-peaceful-protests-in-northern-cauca/

COLOMBIAN AUTHORITIES UNLEASH TEAR GAS, MEDIA BLACK-OUT AGAINST BLACK COMMUNITIES IN SECOND DAY OF PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN NORTHERN CAUCA
Yesterday, thousands of elders, children, women and men comprising hundreds of families from the 41 Afro-Colombian community councils in Northern Cauca, initiated a peaceful protest along the main Pan-American Highway in Northern Cauca to demand that the Colombian Government respect the constitutional rights of black communities to autonomous governance of their lands. After withstanding beatings, tear gas, and smoke grenades, the Governor of the State of Cauca assured the communities that officials from the National Government would arrive for negotiations by noon on Tuesday, April 26th.

Instead, Colombian authorities sent low-level administrators that lacked the authority to reach binding agreements, and deployed the National Army into schools in blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law. After the communities insisted on negotiating with capable officials of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Mining, and Ministry of the Environment, the militarized police of the Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squad (ESMAD) launched tear gas canisters into residential homes, injuring dozens of elders and children, including a newborn child currently battling for her life at a local hospital. At least an additional fourteen protesters have been detained. Demonstrators also note that cell-phone services have been blocked, heightening their vulnerability to continued violations of their constitutional and human rights.

Nonetheless, hundreds of families continue to demand that the Colombian Government recognize their collective land rights as mandated by Law 70 of 1993. Organize are firm in their commitment to peaceful protest until an agreement is reached with the appropriate government representatives. Until then, the blockade of the Pan-American Highway will remain, and the community calls upon national and international solidarity to ensure the safety and respect of the rights of the families out in protest. As the largest purveyor of military resources to the Colombian government, the U.S. Government has the responsibility to urge Colombia to investigate the ESMAD’s disproportionate use of force, violence and aggressive tactics towards civilians who are protesting peacefully for their rights.

To support the communities’ efforts, please tweet:

“@JuanManSantos, @carmeninesVicen We are deeply concerned re: report that afrocolombian children are affected by esmad actions in Cauca”.

To help provide food, water, medical supplies and other vital necessities of their ongoing struggle for black land liberation by donating here, and staying informed via www.afrocolombian.org.

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