Reaction: Colombian Elections

19 June 2018 - 12:00pm
Press release

Responding to the victory of far-right candidate Ivan Duque in the second round of Colombia's presidential election, War on Want's Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America), says: 

“The victory of Ivan Duque in the Colombian presidential election poses a grave threat to peace, the environment and the rights of indigenous, peasant and Afro-descendant people, their territories and those who defend them.

"Duque's promises to build Colombia's economy on oil, mining, gas and mega-infrastructure projects will only deepen the conflicts that already make Colombia one of the deadliest countries in the world to be a human rights defender. His insistence on reducing corporation tax and promoting austerity to tackle corruption will increase inequality in what is already the world’s third most unequal society.

"Between 2002-2010, his party Centro Democratico, pursued policies that resulted in the highest numbers of victims in over 50 years of armed conflict. Elements within the party have promised to tear up the peace agreement. Duque has openly questioned its legitimacy and has already postponed the adoption the the transitional justice mechanism: a cornerstone of the peace agreement, designed to effectively manage the relation between justice and peace.

"For the last 60 years social movements have faced a life and death struggle to defend land, water and human rights. Despite the repression, they are committed to continue to promote a vision for democracy that recognises the rights of indigenous and other excluded peoples including respecting their territories and communities. To end racial and patriarchal injustices, to tackle inequality by making the economy work for both people and the environment, and ensure an end to social and armed conflict by delivering social justice. Their vision of Colombia is rooted in peace, justice and human rights.”​

Press Contact

Marienna Pope-Weidemann
Press & Communications Officer
020 7324 5060 / 07983 550 728
media@waronwant.org

Notes to editors

BP's Manchester shareholder meeting faces protest over fracking and human rights abuses: https://waronwant.org/media/press-release-bps-manchester-shareholder-mee...

We must honour lost land defenders by fighting the system which killed them: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/we-must-honour-lost-...

Colombia: fighting for a different kind of peace: https://waronwant.org/media/colombia-fighting-different-kind-peace

 

E-MAIL BHP: STOP THE MINING INJUSTICE

 

From October 14-19, War on Want's partner MAB (Movement of People Affected by Dams) from Brazil, and Indigenous Wayuu representatives from Colombia will be in London. They have come to challenge BHP - the world's biggest mining company - about its continued violation of their rights as Indigenous and Afro-descendant mining-affected communities. 

Corporations like BHP lie at the heart of the fossil fuel industry and enjoy the benefits of tax breaks and subsidies in the UK, yet remain wholly unaccountable for the impacts of their operations outside of the UK. 

Take action to support these communities as they demand respect for their rights and seek justice for the harm caused by BHP.

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