CPT Colombia partners with Justapaz, a ministry of the
Mennonite Church Colombia, and asks that CPT constituents respond to the
following Urgent Action on behalf of three displaced communities, two of whichâ€”Las Pavas and El Garzalâ€”CPT Colombia accompanies.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
May the peace-giving gospel of Jesus Christ continue to
guide your lives on the paths of justice and peace. One of the primary factors contributing to the violent armed
conflict in Colombia is the forced dispossession (despojo) of land faced by
peasants. Representatives from Justapaz
and the CEDECOL Peace Commission have been witness to three emblematic cases of
dispossession that are at a critical juncture. Illegal armed groups present in the areas of CĂłrdoba, Las
Pavas, and El Garzal have put residents at risk of losing their land, and even put their lives in
danger; these armed groups oppose any efforts put forth by the communities to
keep their land. The level of risk
in these communities is exacerbated by the ineffective response of government authorities
to these threats.
We ask you to take urgent action on behalf of the following