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Show Them You Stand by Colombia's Victims of Violence!

There is a long road ahead, but peace in Colombia finally seems in reach. The peace process between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government is advancing, even when acts of violence have threatened to bring it to a screeching halt.  Negotiations reached a watershed moment when the negotiators hosted a delegation of victims two weeks ago. Having been excluded from direct participation at the negotiating table up to this point, this historic delegation, featuring victims of all armed actors, brought a united message that the time for peace is now.

As members of the international community, we can help ensure this peace process continues by joining Colombia’s victims of violence in their quest for truth, justice, meaningful reparations, and guarantees that the brutal crimes of the past will not be repeated.  Let’s show the negotiators that we are watching and stand with the victims!
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Syria, Sudan, and Colombia? The Human Cost of War

What do Colombia, Syria, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have in common? Believe it or not, Colombia only ranks behind Syria in the number of internally displaced people, with over 5.7 million fleeing their homes due to conflict. That striking number is just one example of just how costly the last five decades of internal conflict has been to Colombia’s civilian population.

What are the human costs of a war that has seen so many victims from all armed actors, including guerillas, paramilitaries, and members of the Colombian army? Check out our new infographic, The Human Costs of the Colombian Conflict.
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Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict

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In June, the government of Colombia and the FARC parties issued a ground-breaking declaration of principles on victims. They announced that they were inviting a delegation of victims to participate in the talks, and that other opportunities will be created for victims to be heard within the peace process. They requested that the United Nations and the National University convene a series of three regional and one national forum for victims to present their proposals. Two forums have already taken place and the others are scheduled for late July and early August.
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URGENT: We Need Your Help on this Colombia Letter

colombia_peaceYou’ve heard how human rights defenders, land rights leaders, union activists, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities all still remain in danger in Colombia. And that’s true. But there’s a real opportunity for peace that could make a difference in their lives. Today, you can help:  Urge your member of Congress to sign a letter from the legislatures of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Northern Ireland to say: Give peace a chance.

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It’s Time for Action on Workers’ Rights in Colombia

It’s not as if we needed another stark reminder of the failure of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP), but Monday, April 7th marked its third anniversary. What was originally a plan to protect workers and human rights now seems like another reminder of how far Colombia still has to go with improvements in the labor sector. With anti-union violence on the rise, its time we remind our government to show its priorities and protect labor rights!

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Make Peace in Colombia an Agenda Item for Congress

final_military_aid_slideThe failed war on drugs, support of an abusive military, fumigations that destroy farmers’ food crops, and the failure to stop murders of human rights defenders and violence that drives thousands of people from their homes are just the beginning of the laundry list of problems with U.S.-Colombia policy. That is why this spring we are gearing up for our biggest Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia to call on our government to finally put an end to its destructive policies and contribute to the historic opportunity of peace in Colombia.

Tell Congress to prioritize peace rather than military solutions in Colombia!

The ongoing peace process in Colombia not only gives our government a chance to play a constructive role in a history-making peace accord but to also start over and move away from outdated military solutions in Latin America. Colombia has been the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Americas, and yet this focus on military aid has exacerbated a displacement crisis that has left nearly 6 million people without a home. Small farmers have seen their livelihoods disappear due to forced eradication and fumigation programs funded by the United States.

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Adelante! Peace with Justice for ALL Colombians!

It’s that time of the year again; time for Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia! And this year, as the weather changes, we have a history-making chance to support peace in Colombia.  It’s time for us to spring into action!DOPA_2014_pic

Every year, communities across the United States come together and join in solidarity with our Colombian brothers and sisters to show policymakers that we want real change in U.S.-Colombia policy. This year, here’s your mission:  Get the United States on board with Colombia’s advancing peace process, the best chance in years to end this brutal 50-year-old conflict.  Urge our government to invest in peace, not war, moving away from military solutions to whole-hearted support for peace. 

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