CPT is planning a delegation for 13-26
January 2009, to highlight the concerns of Colombia's traditional
mining communities. As well as traveling to Bogota and
Barrancabermeja, where CPT-Colombia's full-time presence is based,
delegation participants will visit a mining community in the San Lucas
Mountains of southern Bolivar province. There, they will hear
firsthand about the miners' struggles to stay on their land and
maintain their way of life, despite paramilitary violence,
assassinations, unjust accusations and arrests, and the encroaching
interests of agro-industry and multinational mining companies.
Now is a crucial time to act on behalf of Colombian's traditional
mining communities. While the communities experience and protest the
violence, environmental degradation, neglect, and abuse of their human
rights, the Colombian government is negotiating with Canada and the
U.S. trade agreements that would further threaten these communities'
survival. Please consider expressing your solidarity with the miners
by joining CPT's delegation to the mining zone of southern Bolivar.