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Resisting in the Naya River

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Navigating the clear waters of the Naya River is a pleasure for the senses. Lush vegetation bursts forth as you leave behind the Pacific Ocean to enter this river basin: a zigzagging river flow, whose banks are dotted with 64 black communities, all belonging to the Naya Community Council[1]. They have been here since ancestral times, “338 years to be precise”, according to Continue reading Resisting in the Naya River

Under the oil palm trees

“We are walking land”
(Indigenous saying)

 The landscapes of the Bajo Atrato region in Colombia are inundated with palm trees. You might be thinking they are the like the palm trees that appear on postcards next to beaches and crystalline waters, but no, these are somewhat different: flatter, wider and lower. Instead of juicy coconuts hanging at their centre there is a red, oily fruit, a bitter crop indeed for the communities who live here. Continue reading Under the oil palm trees

“Walking towards a horizon of justice and peace”

They say that to remember is to live. Commemorations are important; some remind us of painful moments and others of more happy times, but they always allow us to stop for a moment and look back, to look at the pathway we have journeyed along, and everything we have learned and built along the way. Continue reading “Walking towards a horizon of justice and peace”

PBI expresses its concern regarding the increase of risks for human rights defenders

Within this framework of activities and as an exception, we are publishing this announcement, due to the serious humanitarian crisis and lack of protection within which communities in the Colombian territories are currently living, which include combat situations between illegal armed groups,1 wide-spread death threats2 and generalised forced displacements3 within the recent weeks in different areas of the country. Continue reading PBI expresses its concern regarding the increase of risks for human rights defenders