Archive - Apr 23, 2011

COLOMBIA: Security concerns facing lawyer for South Bolivar miners, and Garzal, Nueva Esperanza, and Las Pavas communities

CPT Colombia is praying for Zoraida Hernandez, a member of the Corporation Sembrar, a social organization in Bogota.  On 14 April 2011, two men entered her home at a time when she was with her family.  Zoraida accompanies the Federation of South Bolivar Agrominera as a lawyer to defend the territory against the entry of multinational mining companies in the Serrania de San Lucas.  She is also spokesperson for several national initiatives.

 The visit by a judge to the communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza planned for 14 April has been postponed.  The 320 families from the communities are claiming the right to remain on the land they have worked for over forty years.  After the judge did not show up for the visual inspection—an inspection that would have served the interests of only individuals linked to paramilitary groups and drug trafficking—a delegation of ministers, members of church organizations, CPT, and the legal representative for the communities, went to SimitĂ­ to visit the judge to express their concerns for Garzal and Nueva Esperanza.