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Las Pavas

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Las Pavas Wins the National Peace Prize

Last night, members from the community of Las Pavas stood in the national spotlight at the National Museum in Bogotá where they won the the National Peace Prize. Holding the prize, community leader Misael Payeres, announced, “Our primary hope is in God—that one day we would see justice. We hope is that this prize will … Continue reading

New Acts of Terrorism Against the Community of Las Pavas

Following the recent attacks on the community of Las Pavas, ASOCAB, the farmers association relased the following denoucement. PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT THE FARMERS ASSOCIATION OF BUENOS AIRES “ASOCAB” denounces, before the national and international community, the acts of terrorism to which we are victims, which we add to our previous complaints of assaults by the private … Continue reading

Attempted Arson in Las Pavas

On Monday June 24th as two CPTers arrived to Las Pavas four armed security guards on horses appeared abruptly and prevented them from traveling by motorcycle the rest of the way to the settlement of campesinos.  The guards claimed that the land they were traveling on was private property of the palm company Aportes San Isidro despite … Continue reading

Why does victory have to mean one step closer to disaster rather than happiness?

By Pierre Shantz  Mark 10New International Version (NIV) 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell … Continue reading

Justice for Tito

New agressions by the palm oil company against the Las Pavas community On May 28th around 50 people of the Las Pavas community entered onto their land with the community tractor carrying palm branches in order to build a roof for their communal ranch house.  Upon arriving they saw various armed men come out of the … Continue reading

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Stephen Harper, My name is Hannah Redekop, a 24-year-old Canadian citizen, living and working in Colombia with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), as an international observer for human rights, striving for justice and peace in a country torn by a 50-year civil war. I want to tell you about Las Pavas, a farming community in … Continue reading

Shots Fired in Las Pavas

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 … Continue reading

Food Crisis in Las Pavas

Since their return to the land on April 4th 2011 the community of Las Pavas has suffered dozens of attacks and threats from employees of oil palm company Aportes San Isidro (ASI). These threats have involved burning of homes, theft of fence materials, gunshots fired at community members and continual verbal harassment. Earlier this week … Continue reading

116 families celebrate!

Earlier this week INCODER, the government institution that oversees land titling and rural development forfeited the land away from Aportes San Isidro S.A., the palm oil company that had invaded the territories belonging to the community of Las Pavas. This decision is a significant step towards the rightful ownership of the land by the community. … Continue reading

New Threats to the Community of Las Pavas by Palm Oil Company Aportes San Isidro

On September 27, 2012 Miriam Villegas, Director of the Colombian Institute for Rural Development, INCODER, the office responsible for the titling of Las Pavas lands announced that 11 plots are vacant land (state land) and that 10 of them should be titled to families of Las Pavas. This small victory for the community comes at … Continue reading

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