On October 8, PBI-Colombia posted: “PBI accompanied @CAHUCOPANA to a meeting with @MisionONUCoI, @ACNURamericas, @MAPPOEA and @ONUHumanRights to talk about the context of the Northeast of Antioquia in the framework of the #DDHH and the protection of the communities in the area.”

Earlier this month, El Espectador reported: “In northeastern Antioquia, the presence of armed groups has been a constant. First came the guerrillas, such as the extinct FARC, during the eighties.”

“Ten years later, with the emergence of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), the municipality became a place of dispute over the richness of its gold-mined land.”

That article adds: “According to its inhabitants, this wealth has belonged to armed groups and multinationals that, according to trade unionists, committed crimes to keep most of the territory to exploit this mineral with titles in perpetuity.”

CAHUCOPANA further notes: “Faced with the difficult human rights situation in the villages of #Remedios and #Segovia (Antioquia), Cahucopana and members of the Territorial Space for Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) Juan Carlos Castañeda, socialized the territorial problems to delegates of MAPP OEA Mission of UN verification in Colombia, the Second Mission of the UN, the Early Warning System of the Ombudsman’s Office, the United Nations Human Rights Colombia, UNHCR, the UN Agency for Refugees and the USAID Human Rights program.”

“We work together under the need to strengthen the protection and self-protection mechanisms of peasant communities.”

CAHUPCOPANA adds: “With the accompaniment of Peace Brigades International (PBI).”

PBI-Colombia has accompanied the Humanitarian Action Corporation for Coexistence and Peace in Northeast Antioquia (CAHUCOPANA) since 2013.