Urgent Action Update: Continued Paramilitary Presence In Chocó (Colombia: UA 62.17)

Urgent Action
April 19, 2017


Inhabitants of the Jiguamiandó river basin have reported the presence of paramilitary groups in their territory. The increase in paramilitary activity in these humanitarian zones is putting the Indigenous and Afro-Colombian residents at risk.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling for a comprehensive response from the state to the reports from the communities of the Jiguamiandó collective territory, ensuring that the boundaries of the Humanitarian zones are respected, guaranteeing the safety of their residents and demanding that the presence of the authorities be strengthened;
  • Insisting that Humanitarian Zones must be respected and ensuring the safety of the leaders, in compliance with the provisions established in relation to victims in the Peace Agreement with the FARC, ensuring that acts of violence are not repeated in their communities and respecting their human rights;
  • Urging the authorities to take immediate action to break up paramilitary groups, in accordance with the commitments made by the government and recommendations from international bodies.
Contact these two officials by 30 May, 2017:
Juan Manuel Santos
President of Colombia
Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26 Bogotá, Colombia
Salutation: Dear President
Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón
Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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