COLOMBIA: Men identified as belonging to the paramilitary group “Black Eagles” lurking in village of Santa Marta

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CPTnet
18 June 2011
COLOMBIA: Men identified
as belonging to the paramilitary group “Black Eagles” lurking in village
of Santa Marta  

CPT is
accompanying the organization CAHUCOPANA in its struggle for justice and is
thus sharing the following information about the current grave human rights
situation in Northeast Antioquia.  If you are interested in learning more about the work of
CAHUCOPANA, please participate in the next delegation (July 14th to 26th). 
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 Men identified
as belonging to the paramilitary group “Black Eagles” lurking in village
of Santa Marta  

 On Sunday 29
May 2011, the Corporation for Humanitarian Action Coexistence and Peace in
Northeast Antioquia (CAHUCOPANA), learned of the 28 May presence of armed men
in the village of Santa Marta in Northeast Antioquia.  The six men identified themselves as
members of the paramilitary group “Aguilas Negras” (Black Eagles), carried
rifles, and wore dark clothing.  The
community also reported that while in the region this group was accompanied by
a guerilla deserter with the alias “Jair.”  They asked for “Lata,” “Colacho,” “Nando”
and “Darius,” which are nicknames of peasants living in the region.  Darius is now
deceased. 

Troops National
Army are still stationed in the Puma village in same municipality.  These events represent an early warning
sign for farmers in the Northeast region of Antioquia, who fear for their lives
and personal integrity.  We call on
national and international organizations, human rights defenders, and unions to
act in solidarity with this community.  We ask of the authorities

  • That
    the armed forces in the region protect the life and integrity of the
    inhabitants in these villages, demanding that the armed actors comply and
    respect the human rights of people that live in the area.  
  • Push forward the necessary measures to guarantee the right to life,
    freedom of movement, personal integrity to the people living in the area,
    members of grassroots organizations, and

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