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Las Pavas, News & Analysis

Las Pavas writes to President Santos

The Farmers Association of Buenos Aires (ASOCAB), yesterday, delivered a letter to President Juan Manuel Santos summarizing the continued attacks and threats received by the community of Las Pavas. They appealed to him on his commitment to victims, “Mr. President, you have shown your commitment to victims. By virtue of this commitment we come to you, with the hope that the State would indeed act in our favor, and avoid the repetition of incidences that victimize us.”

The community restates their commitment to “peacefully insisting,” – despite attacks by palm oil company, Aportes San Isidro´s armed security –  that the law provides the means to their complete ownership and right to the land. In spite of winning the National Peace Prize in November and being re-recognized by the government agency that manages  reparations to victims, Unidad Nacional de Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas, the attacks and threats against the community continue.

As recently as, the 6th of March, at 7.15 pm, under the cover of complete darkness, the company´s guards threw dent-creating half-bricks on roofs and the living area.

Read the letter

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About CPT Colombia

CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Colombia is an International organization seeking to be allies for and partner with communities who are threatened with displacement and violence. We try to support their initiatives to promote justice and peace and their resistance to attempts by those who oppress them and seek to dispossess them of their land, culture and livelihoods.

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