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Equipo Jurídico Pueblos
sábado, 4 de abril de 2015
PARAMILITARY GROUPS STRENGTHEN IN SOUTH BOLÍVAR AND ANNOUNCE THEIR CONTROL OF THE REGION IN LIGHT OF THE UPCOMING AGREEMENTS ABOUT THE ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GUERRILLA IN HAVANA, CUBA
Negotiation Commission of South Bolívar, Central and South César (CISBCSC, Comisión de Interlocución del Sur de
Bolívar, Centro y Sur del Cesar) denounces to the national and
international community, social organizations, human rights defenders, authorities
and entities of control, the following incidents of grave violations of Human
Rights and to International Humanitarian Law.
Sunday March 22, 2015 Mr. Enairo Elean García, a resident of Puerto Rico,
Tiquisio, was assassinated in the road from the town center of the municipality
of Norosí towards the village of Garita in the municipality Río Viejo. Mr.
Enairo Elean worked selling clothing.
Sunday March 22, 2015, 4 people were tortured and killed in the municipality of
Achí, Bolívar. Amongst the victims, there were 2 young people, a woman, and a
man, The young woman was shot and killed and the young man was tortured, had
his penis amputated and then was shot and killed. The incident occurred in a
place known as the (Y) of Pueblo de Dios, on the road from Coco, Tiquisio to
Puerto Venencia in the municipality of Achí.
Thursday March 26, 2015 at midday, miner Balmer Barrio who worked in the mine El Sueño was assassinated. This occurred
in the town of Ventura in the municipality of Tiquisio, Bolívar. Mr. Balmer
Barrio was in a public establishment when some armed people, who belong to
paramilitary groups present in the region, arrived and demanded that he pay the
“vaccine,” a tax paid to the paramilitaries that operate and have encampments
in the zone. When Mr. Balmer Barrio opposed to paying this tax, he was
The paramilitaries have been exercising pressure and imposing economic, social,
and political control in the towns Ventura, Dos Bocas, Quebrada del Medio, Malena, Río Nuevo, Caño Guacamayo, el Tigre,
and el Coco in the municipality of Tiquisio, Bolívar. Also in the municipality
of Monte Cristo and Pueblito Mejia, they control the economy and charge taxes
to the small business owners, cattle breeders, fishermen, miners, lumberers,
transporters, and farmers. According to the people in Corcovado, the
paramilitaries have illicit cultivations of coca for the narco trafficking that
they control. The paramilitary also extort the communities such as Mina Seca,
Casa de Barro, Las Nieves, Mina Brisa, and Buena Seña, from the mining sector
by making them pay taxes for their economic activities.
What is also worrying is the way in which the army in the region has been
infringing on the norms of International Humanitarian Law, such as what
happened in Arenal, Bolívar, when members of the army occupied the Community
Center and took it as their military base. In addition to the events in Arenal,
the overall situation in the region has also been worsening. One aspect is the presence
of the armed conflict that continues to leave grave consequences for the
community, and another aspect that has been denounced by communities is that
the National Army patrols the region with civilians with their faces covered,
in uniforms, and armed.
denounce the National Government, headed by the Ministry of the Interior, as
responsible. This entity has already been briefed with the details of these
situations, in scenarios such as the Roundtable Discussions with the Government
and the Agrarian Summit. In the presence of National Government functionaries
and representatives from the United Nations, the Agrarian Summit denounced the
paramilitary advance and information about the distinct crimes that they have
of the agreements made by the National Government in the Roundtable
Negotiations of South Bolívar, Central and South César (CISBCSC) is the
realization of verification missions to verify the situations of Human Rights
and International Humanitarian Law violations in South Bolivar, and Center and
South Cesar. Due to the grave Human Rights crisis facing the region, there was
a call for a verification mission from the 23 to 26 of March, 2015, however the
Ministry of the Interior headed by Dr. Carlos Bernal suspended the mission.
According to the responses provided by the respective functionary, the
verification missions unilaterally ceased to be an agreement of the National
Government with the region.
Negotiation Commission, once again is urgently calling for the adoption of
measures by the National, Departmental, and Municipal Governments to protect
the lives and physical integrity of the residents of South Bolívar, and Central
and South Cesar, that are currently in grave risk. We have been insistently
denouncing the strengthening of paramilitary groups which can be observed in
the growing numbers, military capacity, public and private behaviour,
establishing of bases of operations, threats, extortions, selective
assassinations, restrictions on mobility, however despite that there has been
complete silence by the authorities in the region.
That the national, regional, and departmental governments adopt measures that
permit the guarantee to life and physical integrity of the communities of South
Bolívar, and Central and South Cesar.
That the bodies of control and judicial bodies, investigate and press charges
against the people responsible for these crimes and to the authorities who for
lack of action have allowed the advance of paramilitaries and for many crimes
to be committed in the region.
That immediately there be an inter-institutional verification mission realized
that allows for the verification of the situation of Human Rights and
International Humanitarian Law.
That guarantees and protection immediately be provided to community leaders and
to the Negotiation Commission of South Bolívar, and Central and South Cesar
from reprisals that may come from making these denunciations.
ABRIL 4 DEL 2015
Commission of South Bolívar, and Central and South Cesar (COMISIÓN DE
INTERLOCUCIÓN DEL SUR DE BOLÍVAR, CENTRO Y SUR DEL CESAR)
Human Rights Commission of the People’s
Congress (COMISIÓN DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DEL CONGRESO DE LOS PUEBLOS)
The People’s Judicial Team (EQUIPO
JURÍDICO PUEBLOS - EJP)
Movement of Workers, Farmers, and
Communities of Cesar (MOVIMIENTO DE TRABAJADORX, CAMPEINXS Y COMUNIDADES DEL
CESAR - MTCC)
Association of Lawyers Human Rights
Defenders (ASOCIACIÓN DE ABOGADOS DEFENSORES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS – ACADEHUM)