Letter, S.O.S Peace Colombia

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Foto: Giovanni Moreno C.

The civil society organizations ascribed to this letter, some of whom have supported a negotiated solution to the armed conflict for more than 30 years, were informed of the “advances that have been made possible over the past few months due to the FARC-EP’s compliance with the unilateral ceasefire and the Colombian military’s suspension of bombings” by the Social Ceasefire Monitoring Group1 through their November 8 publication1. These steps have undoubtedly positively impacted the lives of Colombians.

Bogotá, November 19 de 2015

Señores

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERÓN

President of Colombia

HUMBERTO DE LA CALLE LOMBANA

Lead Colombian Government Negotiator

SERGIO JARAMILLO CARO

High Commissioner for Peace

RODRIGO LONDOÑO ECHEVERRY

FARC-EP Commander

LUCIANO MARÍN ARANGO

Lead FARC-EP Negotiator

NICOLÁS RODRÍGUEZ BAUTISTA

ELN Commander

The civil society organizations ascribed to this letter, some of whom have supported a negotiated solution to the armed conflict for more than 30 years, were informed of the “advances that have been made possible over the past few months due to the FARC-EP’s compliance with the unilateral ceasefire and the Colombian military’s suspension of bombings” by the Social Ceasefire Monitoring Group1 through their November 8 publication1. These steps have undoubtedly positively impacted the lives of Colombians.

Despite this positive assessment, we have also been informed by the organizations that make up the Social Ceasefire Monitoring Group2, other Colombian civil society organizations and our partner organizations on the ground2 of circumstances that may put these achievements at risk, such as:

1. The persistence of Colombian Military offensives against the FARC-EP guerrilla such as that which occurred in Cartagena de Chairá in October of this year. We believe that this type of offensive does not match what was announced by the two sides in Communiqué # 5 published July 12, 2015 which refers to “speeding up in Havana and de-escalating in Colombia”3 which sought mainly to protect civilians and, to the contrary, puts the unilateral ceasefire and a possible bilateral ceasefire at risk.

2. The increase in paramilitary structures in numerous places around the country constitute a risk for civilians and their political participation as well as a risk for the peace process and the viability of the implementation of accords that could be reached between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla. As mentioned in the Social Ceasefire Monitoring Group’s seventh report these structures have been seen witnessed in areas of strong Colombian military presence or operational capacity such as Bajo Atrato, Chocó; San José de Apartadó, Antioquia; Mapiripán, Meta; Villanueva, Tauramena and Monterrey, Casanare; El Zulia, Norte de Santander; Buenaventura and Tuluá, Valle del Cauca; Corinto, Caloto, Santander de Quilichao, Buenos Aires and Suárez, Cauca; Tumaco, Nariño; and Puerto Libertador, Córdoba.

Given this, we call for you:

1. To implement further measures to de-escalate the armed conflict and to continue to progress on the technical and political aspects necessary for a bilateral ceasefire and final bilateral cessation of hostilities which we have called for since the beginning of the formal dialogs. Until then we remind you of the obligation of all parties in internal armed conflicts to respect the principles and rules established in International Humanitarian Law4 such as the principle of distinction and the use of force within the limits of humanitarian protection, seeking to minimize the impact of the conflict on the civilian population.

2. To quickly move forward on concrete proposals to clarify the paramilitary phenomenon in accordance with point 3, numeral 7 of the General Agreement for the Ending of the Conflict.

3. To quickly move forward on finalizing and publishing the agreement on the Holistic System of Truth, Justice and Reparations which has been discussed at length seeking to maximize victims’ rights. This will enable victims to participate in the justice mechanisms and prepare their cases to claim their rights.

4. To quickly move forward on finalizing a Conversation Table with the ELN that might lead to the beginning of formal dialogs, de-escalation and a possible ceasefire.

We once again declare our commitment to a negotiated, political solution to this conflict.

Signed,

  1. ABColombia, London, UK
  2. AK Menschenrechte in Kolumbien des Ökumenisches Büro für Frieden und Gerechtigkeit e.V. München, Alemania.
  3. Alberto Vanden Panhuysen, Centro Tiempo Latinoamericano – Córdoba Argentina
  4. Alejandro Pacheco, Oficina Ecuménica para la Paz y la Justicia, Alemania.
  5. Alliance of Baptists, American Baptist Churches USA
  6. Aluna Minga e.V. Comité en Munich para derechos humanos en Colombia
  7. Ana Guadalupe Pérez Hernández: Presidenta de Asociación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Juvenil: Acción y Vida, El Salvador.
  8. Andy Higginbottom, Londres, Inglaterra
  9. Armando Márquez Ochoa: Secretario ejecutivo del Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de América Latina (SICSAL).
  10. Ask , Suiza
  11. Asociación SOLdePaz.Pachakuti, Estado Español
  12. Assistant Professor of World Christianity
  13. Atelier, Estado Español
  14. Baerbel Heskey, Teacher, Tibberton, Shropshire, UK
  15. Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
  16. Becky Hurst, Regional Coordinator, Crewe, UK
  17. Ben Palmer, Internship Officer, London, UK
  18. Beth Fischbacher, Intern, Edinburgh, Scotland
  19. BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz
  20. Broederlijk Denle, Bélgica
  21. Caritas Alemana
  22. Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
  23. Charlotte, NC
  24. Chris Mead, Higher Education Manager, London, UK
  25. Christian Aid
  26. Claire Whitmore, Church Resources Manager, London, UK
  27. Claudia Arenas – Forum Syd
  28. 28.Colectivo de Colombianos-as Refugiados-as en Asturias “Luciano Romero Molina”. Programa Asturiano de Derechos Humanos
  1. Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Londres
  2. Comité en Munich for Human Rights in Colombia
  3. Comité Oscar Romero Madrid España
  4. Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias –CLAI-
  5. Cooperacció, Estado Español
  6. Danielle Simkins, Events Coordinator, London, UK
  7. David King, Regional Coordinator, Birmingham, UK
  1. Daylin Rufin Pardo, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  2. DKA Austria / kfb Austria
  3. Elizabeth Corrie, Retired, Birmingham, UK
  4. Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva
  5. Federación Luterana Mundial
  6. Fernando Martinez-Pereda, Gigón España
  7. Fokus, Noruega
  8. Fundación Pueblo Indio de Ecuador
  9. Fundación Sueca para los Derechos Humanos, Suecia
  10. Gabriel Coderch Díaz, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  11. Geoff Thompstone, Retired Stone, Staffordshire, UK
  12. Georgia Boon, Head of Region Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
  13. Hannah Miller, Fundraising Officer, Warrington, UK
  14. Helen Howe, Regional Coordinator, Manchester, UK
  15. Helen Raftery, External Relations Officer, London, UK
  16. Helena Uran Bidegain, Alemania.
  17. Hna. Susana Richards Pérez, HHCSA, Chile.
  18. Hna. Cecilia Salazar Rojas, HHCSA, Costa Rica.
  19. Hna. Sandra Ruiz Martínez, HHCSA, Nicaragua.
  20. Hugh Williams, Retired company director, Stourbridge, UK
  21. ICCO Cooperación
  22. Iglesia Sueca
  23. Iglesia Unida de Canadá
  24. Inés Ruiz Alcudia, España
  25. Iniciativa Solidaria Internacionalista de Burgos
  26. Inter Pares, Ottawa, Canadá
  27. International Programme Officer – Resources and Conflict, War on Want, United Kingdom.
  28. Irma Bernal Collazo, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  29. Ivón Ernand, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  30. Jairo Humberto Mejía Vaca, Fraternidad Secular de Carlos de Foucauld, Ecuador.
  31. Jill Stone, Regional Coordinator, Birmingham, UK
  32. Jim Hodgson, Coordinador de Programa, América Latina y Caribe
  33. John Howell, Fundraising Co-ordinator, Birmingham, UK
  34. Jorge cabrera Vidal, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba:
  35. José Salvador Gómez: Presidente de la Fundación Hermano Mercedes Ruiz (Fundahmer), El Salvador
  36. Juana María Jiménez, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba:
  37. Kate Ormerod, Regional Coordinator, Birmingham, UK
  38. Katherine Harding, Administrator, Birmingham, UK
  39. Ken Pattison, Retired Local Government Officer, Bristol, UK
  40. kolko – Menschenrechte fuer Kolumbien
  41. Laritza Gonzalez Achón, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  42. Luis Carlos Marrero Chasbar, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  43. Magalys Correa Marrero, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  44. Magela Romero, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  45. Manon Defis, Education and Events Coordinator, Cardiff, Wales
  1. Marcelo Bravos, Sec. Organización Proyecto Sur Pcia Buenos Aires Argentina
  2. Mareelen Diaz Tenorio, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  3. Margaret Goodrich, Retired Pershore, Worcestershire, UK
  4. Margaret Thompstone, Retired Stone, Staffordshire, UK
  5. María Elena Sanabria: Coordinadora general de la Articulación de Comunidades Eclesiales de base de El Salvador
  6. María Eugenia Díaz Restrepo, Fraternidad Secular Carlos de Foucauld, Ecuador.
  7. María Teresa Díaz Álvarez, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  8. Marian Chilton, Reiki Practitioner, Shropshire, UK
  9. Marian Paulson, Retired Teacher, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
  10. Marie Raffay, Volunteer Manager, Liverpool, UK
  11. Mary Reay, Administrator, Birmingham, UK
  12. Melanie Cleveland, Teacher, Coventry, UK
  13. Merlis Santos, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  14. Michael H Paulson, Retired Teacher, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
  15. Mike Cleveland, Priest, Coventry, UK
  16. Ministerios de Justicia y Paz de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo de los EE.UU.
  17. Ministerios Globales de la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) e Iglesia Unida de Cristo de los EE.UU.
  18. Misioneros Combonianos de Brasil
  19. Mollie McPherson, Retired Hagley, West Midlands, UK
    1. Monseñor Luis Infanti De la Mora, Obispo de Aysén – Chile
    2. Mundubat, Estado Español
    3. New Haven, CT
    4. Noank Baptist Church, Noank CT
    5. Oficina Internacional de Derechos Humanos Acción Colombia – OIDHACO
    6. Oxfam
    7. P.D. Jairo Barriga Jaraba, Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia
    8. Paróquia Santa Luzia de Açailândia – Brasil
    9. Pastor/CEO
    10. Paula Plaza, Comunicadora, Londres, Reino Unido.
    11. Pax christi- Deutsche Sektion e.V.
    12. Pax Christi International
    13. Peter Harding, Accountant, Solihull, UK
    14. Peter Kelsall, Regional Coordinator, Birmingham, UK
    15. Plataforma Justicia por Colombia, Estado Español
    16. Poppy Winks, Youth Development Worker, Knaresborough, UK
    17. Princeton Theological Seminary
    18. Princeton, NJ
    19. Project Counselling Service – PCS –
    20. Rachel Lees, Writer, London, UK
    21. Rae Heading, Administrator, Worcester, UK
    22. Rafael Barrera Yanes, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
    23. Raimundo C. Barreto, Jr., Ph.D.
    24. Rebekah Turner, Regional Coordinator, Manchester, UK
    25. Red Internacional Iglesias y Minería
  1. Red Justiça nos Trilhos – Brasil
  2. Réseau France Colombie Solidarités, Francia
  3. Rete Italiana di solidarietà Colombia Vive, Italia
  4. Rev. Michael Joseph
  5. Rev. Milton Mejía, Secretario General del Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias -CLAI-
  6. Rev./Rvda. LeDayne McLeese Polaski
  7. Revd Paula Smith, Priest Donnington Wood, Shropshire, UK
  8. Reverend William L. Mathis, J.D., M.Div., Pastor/CEO Springs of Life-Giving Water Church WLM Ministries, Inc.
  1. Ricardo Marrero, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  2. Richard Solly, Londres, Inglaterra
  3. Rosa del Valle Aráoz de Machado, Comunidades Eclesiales de Base (CEBs) y del Colectivo Sumaj Kawsay, de Catamarca, República Argentina.
  1. Róser Gil Cortés, Cáritas Española
  2. Ruth Platt, Regional Coordinator, Warrington, UK
  3. Silvia Baffigi, Presidente Partido Proyecto Sur Pcia. de Buenos Aires en Emancipación Sur.
  1. Springs of Life-Giving Water Church
  2. Taula Catalana per la Pau i els Drets Humans a Colòmbia, Estado Español
  3. Terre des Hommes Suisse
  4. The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hayes
  5. The Reverend William L. Mathis, J.D., M.Div.
  6. Tom Lebert, Senior Programme Officer, Resources and Conflict Programme War on Want, Londres
  1. United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries.
  2. Virginia Williams, Retired Local Government Officer, Stourbridge, UK
  3. Vivain Sabater, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  4. Walter Goodman, Retired Chartered Chemist, Rugby, UK
  5. War on Want, London, UK
  6. WLM Ministries, Inc.
  7. Yasmay Diaz Figueroa, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  8. Yerlis Santos, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  9. Zulema Hidalgo Gómez, Centro Oscar Arnulfo Romero/Cuba
  1. Declaración Conjunta No. 002 ̈Se debe garantizar las condiciones para llegar pronto al cese bilateral de hostilidades en Colombia ̈. Página 1, numeral 1. Noviembre 8 de 2015
  2. Integrada por Comisiones Ciudadanas de Reconciliación, Comunidades Basadas en la Fe, Constituyentes por la Paz con Justicia Social, Di-PAZ, Frente Amplio por la Paz, Programa Puentes para la Paz, Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social
  3. Comunicado Conjunto No.55 del 12 de julio de 2015
  4. En particular en el Articulo 3 Común a los cuatro Convenios de Ginebra, el Protocolo adicional a los Convenios de Ginebra del 12 de Agosto de 1949 relativo a la protección de las víctimas de los conflictos armados sin carácter internacional (Protocolo II) y las reglas del Derecho Humanitario Consuetudinario del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja.
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