Indigenous communities of Cauca demand that the national government comply with the Final Peace Agreement

Indigenous people of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca. Photo: Colprensa.

The Juan Tama Inzá Territorial Council of Indigenous Peoples (CRIC) issued a letter demanding that the national government comply with the ethnic chapter of the Final Peace Agreement. The message is known in the context of the three violent deaths of indigenous people that the Cauca territory has experienced in less than two weeks, along with the armed attacks and the military presence in the area.

The indigenous communities assure that if the ethnic chapter of the agreements is fulfilled, the maximum guarantees for the exercise of their individual and collective human rights would be provided.

The eight ancestral authorities that make up the council, of which the Nasa people are a part, denounced and rejected “the incursion of legal and illegal armed actors and common delinquency”. They consider that, in terms of human rights, the situation affects their integrity and generates “an imbalance to cultural and spiritual identity and family composition”.

Likewise, they attributed a certain level of culpability to the State for the events and demanded compliance with the agreements to guarantee the permanence of the indigenous communities on the territories. “We hold them responsible for the unpunished murders of territorial defenders and the violation of life in our ancestral territories,” they stated in the statement.

That is why they asked the United Nations Organization (UN), the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ombudsman’s Office for accompaniment and check on land in Resguardo Las Delicias. They also demanded the implementation of measures that guarantee the permanence of the community.

In fact, this Wednesday, January 26, the possibility of the CRIC’s Indigenous Guard arriving in Bogotá to protest and demand that the national government comply with the agreements was announced. The news was given by Senator Feliciano Valencia, a former CRIC advisor, through his Twitter account.

“Due to the serious public order situation and the systematic acts of violence perpetrated in the department of Cauca, the Indigenous Guard of the CRIC studies the possibility of reaching Bogotá to demand responsibilities and commitments from the National Government,” the senator wrote in a trill.

Photo: Twitter @FelicianoValen
Photo: Twitter @FelicianoValen

In the midst of an armed attack, the founder and former coordinator of the National Indigenous Guard Albeiro Camayo was murdered on the night of January 24 in the Las Delicias reservation, Cauca. The Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca – Çxhab Wala Kiwe, which confirmed the event, points to the dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as responsible for the crime.

“The murder leaves a deep void in the family, in the indigenous guard, in the Colombian indigenous movement, because they take away from us a walker of the memory of the ancestral resistance, a walker of the ancient word and an innate defender of Human Rights, of the territories and the life of the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia”, said the Nasa people in the statement of Council.

The other two violent deaths occurred on January 14. In the territory they murdered the 14-year-old environmentalist boy, Breiner David Cuñame, and the coordinator of the indigenous guard, Guillermo Chicame.

On January 18, the National Police reported that the responsible for the murder of the environmentalist child in Cauca they would be members of the Jaime Martínez column of the FARC dissidents. However, this did not prevent the family of the minor Cuñame from having to temporarily leave the Caucano’s territory for fear of reprisals for the complaints made.

The Territorial Council of Indigenous Peoples once again rejected these facts alleging that “they violated the fundamental rights and the life of our seeds of identity, authority and territorial defense.”


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