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Four years ago you were wanted dead, Hernán Bedoya

December 08, 2017. Hernán Bedoya, was returning to his farm in the Mi Tierra Humanitarian Zone in the Bajo Atrato region of Chocó, when he was assassinated with 14 shots. Along with him, they intended to kill his clear and firm voice, [1] with which he denounced the progress and impacts of the palm oil and banana agribusinesses that looked to extend into the collective territory of Pedeguita y Mancilla. Hernán wanted to talk about what was happening in the territory from which he had been displaced, and to which he had managed to return despite the presence of paramilitaries. This is how we at PBI came to know him, fighting for his land and dignity, when we accompanied the Justice and Peace Commission (JyP) in Bajo Atrato.

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Gathering knowledge, protecting life: the Peoples’ Intercultural University

The situation in Colombia is cause for real concern. During the first half of 2019 Colombian civil society and the international community have once again witnessed the persistence of armed conflict Continue reading Gathering knowledge, protecting life: the Peoples’ Intercultural University

To be a Woman Human Right Defender

November 29 is the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders. Being a woman defender clearly implies a differential and disproportionate level of exposure and risk. Women defenders face stigma because they have abandoned the private sphere traditionally assigned to women by society and have put strength, Continue reading To be a Woman Human Right Defender

The voice that will carry the concerns of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

The morning of the 26th November was particularly emotional for the Peace Community and all of its members: it marked the visit of Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, to their main setllement of La Holandita in San José de Apartadó. Continue reading The voice that will carry the concerns of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó