On November 6, PBI-Colombia posted: “Last week we joined the Justice and Peace Commission as it entered the community of Chidima-Tolo in Acandí with the purpose of strengthening its processes, after the murder of its member Efren Antonio Bailarín Carupia in the month of September.”
Infobae has reported:
“The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) denounced the murder of Efrén Antonio Bailarín Carupia, a young former governor of the Chidima Tolo reservation located in Acandí, Chocó.
Bailarín Carupia, who was also part of the Indigenous Guard of the Embera Eyabida people, apparently was murdered on the morning of this Thursday, September 16.
In a statement issued by the Akubadaura [Indigenous “Helpers” law collective] leadership, it was highlighted that the Embera community of the Chidima Tolo reservation has always opposed the dispossession of their territory, refuses to plant illicit crops on their lands and resists their youth from being forcibly recruited. by any of the armed groups.
According to figures from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies, Indepaz, so far this year at least 34 indigenous people have been murdered in different areas of Colombia.”
The full statement from ONIC highlights: “In the department of Chocó, 19,334 Indigenous people were in a state of confinement, 12,486 were displaced due to the danger and risk that being in the territories represents them.”
BluRadio notes that it’s the Gulf Clan (Clan del Golfo) paramilitary and National Liberation Army (ELN) that “commit crimes” in the area.
The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project has been accompanying the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission since 1994.