On Wednesday April 24th armed security guards from palm oil company Aportes San Isidro fired shots and blew out the tire of the Las Pavas community tractor. The community was transporting building materials to repair homes previously damaged by the palm company. The actions of the security guards is another attempt to prevent the community from moving freely on the farm. Last month they had violently prevented the community from sowing rice. These actions threaten the communities livelihood and security and has compromised their ability to move without fear on their own land.
CPT condemns these acts of violence against a community that for four years have patiently and nonviolently waited for Colombian State authorities to take appropriate action to guarantee their safety. No investigations or legal actions have been taken against Aportes San Isidro’s armed security guards who on multiple occasions have fired shots at community members. The armed guards repeated theft and destruction of community property have also not prompted a response by the authorities. The inaction of the Colombian Police has created a climate of impunity.
In 2011, the Constitutional Court ordered Colombian Institute for Rural development, INCODER to continue the process of imminent domain and granted the families from Las Pavas the right to return to the farm from which they had been evicted in 2009. Aportes San Isidro appealed the INCODER’s November 2012 decision of imminent domain.
This incident has also been covered by local media:
INCODER’s Press Release: