U'WA IN COLOMBIA PETITION INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The U’wa Association, representing 1000s of U’wa indigenous people in Colombia, has submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleging ‘human rights violations’ committed by the Colombian government. ‘The brief is very important for the U’wa because it represents the struggle that we face in condemning the Colombian State for the violations it has been committing against us for years,' says U’wa leader Aura Tegria Cristancho in a statement circulated by NGO Earthrights International. Earthrights and Colombian human rights organisation CAJAR co-submitted the petition with the U’was. ‘For over 20 years, the U'wa have suffered the consequences of projects developed without prior consultation, including hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, tourism, mining, and militarization of their territories,’ Earthrights states. The conflict that has arguably generated the most international attention is the interest of oil and gas companies working in their territory. (21-12-16)

David Hill