Archive - Jun 16, 2010

COLOMBIA: CPT puts AngloGold Ashanti on trial

On Monday 24 May 2010, in front of the northern Bogota headquarters of the multinational corporation AngloGold Ashanti, members of an international delegation of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) performed a symbolic trial.  The delegation was composed of six United States citizens and one Canadian citizen, as well as representatives of the CRIC, Sembrar, Mobilization Against Hunger and Poverty, and CPT team members Julie Myers and Chris Knestrick.

The action tried to make visible the human rights violations in Colombia committed by the Canadian mining company, including displacement, forced disappearances, political corruption, militarization, contracts with paramilitaries, and environmental degradation.

"We are internationals but we are not in agreement with international and multinational corporations stealing the land for the profit of other countries, without thinking about the people who work and live for years and years on the land in way that is just and sustainable," said Julie Myers.

In the heavy rain, the participants read accusations brought against the company to a delegate dressed in gold clothing, symbolically representing AngloGold Ashanti.  After each accusation, the crowd shouted “guilty!” and a participant wrapped a paper chain that read “guilty” around the delegate.

Prayers for Peacemakers, Jun.16, 2010 / Oraciones por la paz, 16 de junio 2010


Pray for all human rights workers in Colombia who continue to dream and work for peace and justice. During the month of May, seven human rights leaders were assassinated and 110 human rights organizations threatened with death, including organizations that CPT accompanies.