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Prayers for Peacemakers, 21 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 21 September 2017

Sometimes we may think that people disappear only during wars or under oppressive regimes: more than 30,000 people during the dictatorship in Argentina, or 3,500 in Chile, among others. However, forced disappearances are a reality and a political strategy also under the so called "democratic governments." More than 4,000 missing indigenous women in Canada, 10,000 missing refugee children in European union, more than 60,000 disappeared in Colombia from the hands of various armed and state actors often receiving support from the United States of America.

Today we would like to pray for justice and peace for the families and communities of the forcefully disappeared people. We would like to pray that they may find the truth of what happened to their loved ones. We also want to pray for freedom for those still alive and held for their political views, noncompliance or engagement in a struggle for rights and freedom of the oppressed. Today we carry in our thoughts and prayers Santiago Maldonado who the Argentine National Guard abducted in their violent attack on Mapuche indigenous community. We ask for his release.

A man looks for recognizable faces on a banner with photographs and details of dissapeared persons.
A man looks for recognizable faces on a banner with photographs and details of dissapeared persons. Photo: Caldwell Manners

COLOMBIA REFLECTION. Disappearances in democracy: supporting Santiago Maldonado from Colombia.

CPTnet

19 September 2017

COLOMBIA REFLECTION. Disappearances in democracy: supporting Santiago Maldonado from Colombia.

By Marcos Knoblauch

Many people are missing here. And we lack many stories and truths. Throughout the world on the 30th of August, hundreds of thousands of victims of enforced disappearances are remembered. On this date the demand for justice and, above all, the search for truth is kept alive.

More than a month ago Santiago Maldonado was last seen during a repressive police operation against demonstrators in a town in the southwest of Argentina. An indigenous Mapuche community has for many years maintained a process of defense and reclamation of their ancestral territory of the community, a process to which Santiago had joined in solidarity. The forced disappearance of Santiago Maldonado has generated strong demands from local and international human rights organizations. On September 1, some 200,000 people marched to the emblematic Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires demanding from the State the appearance of the young man alive. According to an Amnesty International statement, "during the morning of August 1, 2017, about 100 members of the Argentine National Guard (GNA), a security force of a military nature, entered irregularly and violently into the territory of the  Mapuche Pu Lof in Resistencia community [...] According to the community, the GNA fired lead and rubber bullets and burned objects belonging to the families. "Santiago Maldonado was last seen there and some witnesses indicate that they saw the GNA hitting a bound man and throw him into a vehicle.

Protest in Buenos Aires 

Peaple gather at the historic PLaza de Mayo in Buenas Aires protesting the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado. Foto: Flikr – luzencor

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine August 2017 Newsletter- Why do you keep going back?, Restricted Movement and More...

 
 
Why do you keep going back?

At the end of August, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman announced that the Israeli Military will be issuing an order that gives official status to the Hebron municipal committee, which represents settlers occupying Palestinian land in the city of Hebron. This action not only violates the Oslo Accords and the 1997 Hebron Protocol, but also international law and means further colonization of H2. Read More

Restricted Movement

CPT team was recently invited to attend a meeting in Ramallah. As a team, we took a Palestinian service taxi, an orange van which holds seven passengers, to Ramallah from Hebron. On our way to Ramallah, Palestinians in the taxi put their seatbelts on before we left the Palestinian streets of Hebron, as it is law for Palestinians to wear a seatbelt on an Israeli road. Just as the taxi was going to pass an Israeli checkpoint, an Israeli police officer pulled the taxi aside. Four of the passengers in the taxi, including a CPTer, were not wearing a seatbelt when the taxi was pulled over. Once the taxi was parked by the checkpoint, the Israeli police officer opened the van door, asked for everyone’s IDs and inspected to see who was wearing a seatbelt. The police officer seized almost everyone’s ID except for my passport and my fellow CPTer’s passport. Read more...

 

Behind the Barricade

A new brigade, the Givati, have recently come to the Old City of Hebron to carry out Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. Last Wednesday, the Givati’s military presence was asserted when they arrested three Palestinian boys, ages thirteen to fourteen. As a matter of reference, Israeli soldiers are able to imprison Palestinian boys as adults once they reach the age of twelve years old, whereas Israelis cannot be imprisoned as adults until they are eighteen years old. Shortly after the aforementioned arrests, the Israeli soldiers established a human barricade, spanning more than three hundred yards, preventing Palestinians from walking and driving through the main streets of the Old City. Palestinian storekeepers were forced to close shops and soldiers conducted multiple ID checks. This detainment lasted for a couple of hours until soldiers went back to their military base, satisfied with the work they accomplished. Read more...

Prayers for Peacemakers, 13 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 13 September 2017

Today we are witnessing the horrors of yet another genocide, that of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Reports talk about the indiscriminate killings, mass rapes, of homes and villages destroyed and deliberately set on fire. Especially revolting are horror stories of children slaughtered with knives. Abuses are rampant in the form of torture and other punishments.

"The brutality is unthinkable. They're killing children. They're killing women. They're killing the elderly. They're killing able-bodied men and boys," a human rights activist reports, "It is indiscriminate.”

We urge all peace loving people to come together and pray for Peace in this region of our world today.

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PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

CPTnet
11 September 2017
PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

by Hannah Redekop

Lucas lay on the ground gasping for air, while his community frantically gathered around him, fanning his body and cracking open coconuts with hopes that the sweet water would revive him.  Moments earlier, on that day in June 2014, the Colombian riot police (ESMAD) had forced their way onto Guayabo farmland under illegal orders to evict the small farming community living on the banks of the Magdalena River.  The community had gathered in a line, hands held tight, to peacefully resist the takeover. ESMAD violently beat back several campesino farmers and then fired half a dozen tear gas canisters to disperse the community. Lucas, having inhaled the toxic chemical, had passed out while struggling to breathe.

Campesino man blocks the gate from riot police          A campesino blocks the entry to the farm during the June 2014 eviction in El Guayabo. Photo: Luca Zanetti