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Protect human rigths organization at risk

AI-Index: AMR 23/3690/2021

On 10 February, a civil society organization received a verified report of an ongoing plan to kill or displace Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazonian Pearl (ADISPA) members, an organization protecting the rights of hundreds of peasants (campesinos) in the Putumayo region (South West). The plan would entail the deployment of the armed group called «Border Command» that are threatening the communities in the area to subordinate their activities to the armed group’s will or leave their territories if they refuse. We demand authorities to provide ADISPA with collective protection measures in consultation with them.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazonian Pearl- ADISPA (Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral y Sostenible de la Perla Amazónica), defends the rights and the environment of 700 families, close to 1,700 men, women, and children who live in the Amazonian Pearl Peasant Reserve Zone (ZRCPA) «La Zona de Reserva Campesina Perla Amazónica» in the Putumayo region (South West), Colombia. This is a fundamental ecosystem in the Amazonian region. The association was formalized in 2011 and created in 2008.

Due to their role as human rights defenders, ADISPA member had been threatened several times. For example, since 2020, Jani Silva, the legal representative of ADISPA had faced at least 6 security incidents:

  • On 16 January 2020 she suffered two security incidents. The first occurred around midday, when a man in a motorcycle surveilled her home for at least 10 minutes; the second happened around 2pm, when unknow people arrived at her working place to observe her.
  • On 26 March 2020 the Inter-Church Commission for Truth and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz) informed her about an ongoing plan to kill her.

According to the Inter-ecclesial Commission of Justice and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz). Since the end of 2020, the Border Commandos arm group have expressed that they will use all possible means to end the Amazonian Pearl Peasant Reserve Zone (ZRCPA) «La Zona de Reserva Campesina Perla Amazónica». In the first weeks of 2021, this armed group had vised some of the communities of the ZRCPA to stated that ADISPA should disappear, and no social organization that wants to work in the territory could do so if it disobeys the armed group guidelines.

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