About CPT Colombia
We accompany community processes and grassroots organizations who embody nonviolent resistance as a tool of defense against the violent framework that dominates politics, economics, and culture.
The Colombian people continue to suffer a widespread threat of violence from legal and illegal armed actors after more than 60 years of internal conflict and civil war. Since the mid-50s, social movements that challenge the power structures have been specifically targeted and suppressed by the government.
Our team travels regularly to be present with small farming and mining communities in the rural areas of the Magdalena Medio region, caught in the crossfires of decades of war and more recently, hyper-development. In the city of Barrancabermeja, we also partner with local human rights organizations in their efforts to highlight the effects of a conflict that has permeated the urban social structures through organized crime, micro-trafficking and displacement from rural areas.
Our call to peacemaking means living, working, and worshiping in community, drawing from a variety of spiritual traditions that ground us in a common goal for peace.
Most recent CPTnet story:
June 16th, 2014
¿Cuál es tu historia? from CPT/ECAP Colombia on Vimeo.
Where are you coming from, my brother?
Who took away your land and sent the police after you?
Hasn’t the pain left a wound,
Or have you left your soul on your land?
Isn’t it enough to be a repressed woman
who has dedicated herself to harvesting pain?
You are a victim of killer bullets,
shots from the thugs of this terrible oligarchy.
May 30th, 2014
The Colombian people went to the polls on 25 May to elect a
new leader for the country. The
incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos was seeking re-election in a race
against five candidates, all aspiring to the most powerful office in the land
and discussing issues such as education, corruption, environment, and as
always, the peace accords with Colombia’s FARC guerilla organization. He will face Colombian ex-finance
minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga in a 15 June 2014 runoff election.
|Sign caption: "Dialogue is the way"|
We as CPT Colombia, hope the next
president fulfills her/his promise and works for the Colombian people. Based on our work, the requests of our
partners, and communities we accompany, we have created a list of questions
that we would like to ask the next president that highlight some of our
concerns and key issues for Colombia today:
Will you continue peace negotiations
with the FARC-EP
Are you willing to re-negotiate Free Trade Agreements in
favor of Colombian
May 27th, 2014
Later this week, CPT Colombia will be accompanying CAHUCOPANA to
the First Regional Meeting of Women of Northeast Antioquia “In defence of the
territory and dignity” taking place in Dos Quebradas. As CAHUCOPANA prepares for the upcoming workshop, their
members have received threats and harassment from armed masked men wearing
uniforms with no identification, presumed to be Colombian military.
The following official complaint describes
the harassment of Carlos Alfredo Palacio Usuga of CAHUCOPANA and Noemí Durango
Pérez of the regional Women’s Team for Humanitarian Action and makes three
- Colombian president, Juan
Manuel Santos and his government must act accordingly to ensure the
respect of human rights in the region;
- Respective authorities need to
investigate the case and those guilty be penalized according to the
infractions of International Humanitarian Law and the violations of the communities’
- UN High Commission for Human
Rights in Colombia should monitor the situation and recommend a course of
action for the Colombian government.
May 17th, 2014
28 April to 9 May 2014, 3,000 farmers and miners from the Southern Bolivar,
Catatumbo, and Cesar regions mobilized near the small town of Norean (three
hours north of Barrancabermeja) along with thousands across the country as part
of the National Strike, to pressure the national government to negotiate with
their leaders in Bogota. This
gathering was the second such mobilization in less than a year, convened after
the government failed to fulfill the agreements that ended the first one.
|“Excuse us for the inconveniences, we are struggling to guarantee our
food sovereignty. Strike for progress. CISCA [Catatumbo |
May 14th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, May 14, 2014
Pray that the Colombian government will fulfill its
agreements with small-scale farmers who went on strike in April and May and
not pursue a divide and conquer strategy as happened during last year’s
|Epixel* for 18 May 2014|
|My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Psalm 31:15|
|Farmers in Suaza-Florencia are attacked by Colombian National Police 2 May 2014 photo
María Antonieta Cano
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing
with a text from the upcoming Sunday's RevisedCommon Lectionary