Archive - jul 18, 2009

COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Ask Colombian government to guarantee safe return to the families of Las Pavas

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has accompanied the community of Las Pavas, and we are very concerned with a developing situation.  Large palm oil industries that wish to acquire the land from the current absentee landlord, a relative of deceased cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, are threatening families who have lived and worked this land in South Bolivar province for the past twelve years.  The Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER) has initiated a process of eminent domain, which will claim the land for the government and then grant titles to the residents of Las Pavas; the palm oil companies are now attempting to displace the families and short-circuit that process.