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Petition to Presidente JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, Corte Constitucional de Colombia

Paremos La Desviación Del Arroyo Bruno En La Guajira Colombia

Hola mi nombre es Samuel Arregocés, líder comunitario de La Guajira. Hoy acudo a las personas de Colombia y de todo el mundo para exigirle al presidente de Colombia Juan Manuel Santos que detenga el desvío del Arroyo Bruno pues en los últimos meses la Multinacional Cerrejón ha recibido todos los permisos del gobierno para desviarlo con el fin de extraer más de 35 millones de toneladas de Carbón que hay en el lecho del arroyo. Para nosotros el Arroyo Bruno significa la vida y la posibilidad de permanecer en nuestro territorio viviendo con nuestras familias y animales en medio de la flora y fauna que habita en los alrededores y hoy  nos enfrentamos a la posibilidad de quedarnos sin nuestro arroyo que proporciona  agua a los municipios de Albania y Maicao y a 4 comunidades afrodescendientes, indígenas y campesinas. Además de ser uno de los principales afluentes del único gran río que posee la Guajira que es el Río Ranchería. El Arroyo Bruno es nuestra fuente principal de vida. Durante los últimos 30 años en La Guajira hemos sufrido los dolorosos impactos que ha dejado El Cerrejón,  la mina de carbón a cielo abierto más grande del mundo. Nuestro territorio ha sido despojado y nuestros arroyos uno a uno han sido desviados, secados y contaminados por la minería.  El presidente Santos ha pedido a los colombianos que ahorremos agua debido a la sequía generada por el fenómeno del niño. Quiero que todas las personas que lean esta petición sepan que en La Guajira una persona tiene que vivir con menos de 1 litro de agua no tratada al día, mientras la mina usa más de 17 millones de litros  diarios solo para regar las vías por las que transitan sus volquetas.  Hoy acudimos a la ayuda del mundo para que entre todos le exijamos al presidente de Colombia que detenga ahora mismo el desvío de nuestro Arroyo Bruno. ----- Traducción al Inglés: ---- Let’s stop the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno in La Guajira Colombia Hi, my name is Samuel Arregoces. I am a community leader in La Guajira. Today I am asking Colombians and people from all over the world to demand that the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, stop the diversion of Arroyo (river) Bruno, given that in the last few months the Cerrejon coal mine (owned by the multinationals Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore) has received all the necessary approvals from the government to divert the river, with the aim of extracting the 35 million tonnes of coal underneath it.   For us, the Arroyo Bruno means life and the possibility of remaining in our territory, living with our families and animals, and surrounded by the fauna and flora of this area. Today we are facing the possibility of losing our river that provides water to the towns of Albania, Maicao and four Afro-descendant, indigenous and campesino communities. In addition, this is one of the main tributaries of the Rancheria River. The River Bruno is our main source of life. During the last 30 years in La Guajira we have suffered the painful impacts produced by the Cerrejon Mine, the biggest opencast coal mine in the world. Our territory has been despoiled and our rivers one by one have been diverted, dried and polluted by mining. President Santos has asked Colombians to save water, due to the drought caused by El Niño. I want everyone reading this petition to know that in La Guajira a person has to live with less than 1 litre of untreated water, while the mine uses more than 17 million litres daily, just to spray on the roads round the mine to control the dust when their trucks pass by.      Today I am calling for help from the whole world so all of us demand that the President of Colombia stop the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno. 

Samuel Arregocés La Guajira Le Habla AL País
37,061 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to United Nations

Change of UN Headquarters in Response to Trump's Xenophobic Discourse

While it is true that the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters in New York is under the sole administration of the United Nations through an agreement of extraterritoriality, in exchange for basic services, the United Nations have agreed to acknowledge and abide by the federal laws of the United States. The United Nations were founded to "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom." Just one week after being sworn President of the United States, Donald Trump has opened leash to a xenophobic policy that goes against all the intrinsic values of the UN Charter. As cited by the UN "[d]ue to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more." In his capacity of POTUS, Trump's hatred speech against women, the environment and all the people who were not born in the United States goes against everything the United Nations stands for. That is why the United Nations should respond. That is why we ask the United Nations to relocate their NY headquarters in a symbolic act that shows that the values upon which the United Nations were founded are still alive and shall be respected regardless of the xenophobic actions of the current President of the United States. We cannot trust humanity's basic human rights be derailed by a volatile and impulsive goverment that overviews process and promotes xenophobia. The United Nations were created to promote peace among the nations and that's what they should still fight for.

Nistai Silveira
11 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Juan Manuel Santos, Paula Gaviria, Miguel Samper, Alan Jara, Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, Juan Fernando Cristo

Support ASOTRACAMPO one year after the eviction of El Tamarindo

Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí. The 10th of December is International Human Rights’ Day and, ironically, coincides with the displacement of our partner organization, ASOTRACAMPO, violently displaced from their lands one year ago today. One year after the displacement, ASOTRACAMPO remains in conditions of total abandonment. The past 10th of December, ironically on International Human Rights Day, our volunteers accompanied the members of ASOTRACAMPO in the displacement of the Humanitarian Space El Mirador, the only space remaining from the El Tamarindo settlement in Barranquilla. Despite the untiring struggle of the members and the political accompaniment carried out by FOR Peace Presence and others, 62 families that make up ASOTRACAMPO continue to remain, one year later, in conditions of extreme vulnerability, completely forgotten by the state. The only offers of compensation have been made by private individuals claiming the land, interested in the value acquired after it was declared part of the International Free Trade Area of the Atlantic Department. These families, vulnerable farmers displaced by violence and victims of the armed conflict, have not received even the slightest attention from Colombian State institutions, while the State seeks to construct peace in Colombia following a signed agreement with the FARC. For members of ASOTRACAMPO, peace in Colombia will be built when effective restitution for victims can be provided and guarantees against repetition can be assured; these cannot compete with economic interests. Please support members of ASOTRACAMPO in their struggle for dignity by signing this letter of concern directed at Colombian State entities by the 10th January 2017. Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic Paula Gaviria, Presidential Office for Human Rights (Consejera Presidencial para los Derechos Humanos) Miguel Samper, National Land Agency Director, (Director Agencia Nacional de Tierras) Alan Jara, Director of the Unity for Attention and Integral Reparation for the Victims (Director de la Unidad para la Atención y Reparación Integral a las Víctimas) Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, National Ombudsman (Defensor Nacional del Pueblo) Juan Fernando Cristo, Ministry of the Interior 10th January, 2017 Concern regarding state abandonment of ASOTRACAMPO, El Tamarindo, Barranquilla, one year after their displacement. Dear Sirs and Madam, Through this letter we would like to express our profound concern for the lack of State attention for the members of ASOTRACAMPO, Association of Land Workers (Asociación de los Trabajadores del Campo), one year after the displacement of the last remaining plots of the El Tamarindo settlement, the Humanitarian Space El Mirador, which occurred on the 9th, 10th, 18th, and 23rd of December 2015. No State institutions have assumed responsibility for this case and, to date, State entities responsible (UARIV, National Land Agency [Agencia Nacional de Tierras], and the Presidential Office for Human Rights [Consejería para los Derecho Humanos]) have not acted effectively, exposing 62 member families of ASOTRACAMPO to conditions of complete vulnerability. Neither the meeting carried out on the initiative of ASOTRACAMPO with the UARIV, INCODER, and the Ministry of Agriculture in May 2016, nor a subsequent meeting with the UARIV in Barranquilla in October 2016, have resulted in any concrete guarantees of protection and dignified living space for the families of ASOTRACAMPO. Formed in 2012 by the population residing in the 120 hectares of the El Tamarindo settlement in Barranquilla, ASOTRACAMPO was formed with the collective purpose of subsistence farming. However, since 2000, they have faced several eviction proceedings, threats (pamphlets and intimidation, amongst other tactics), attacks, the assassination of the vice-president of the settlement’s son, and four displacements (2012, 2013, 2014, and the most recent in December 2015). Economic interest in the zone has increased since 2007 with the creation of the International Free Trade Area of the Atlantic Department and the Ruta del Sol highway project began between Barranquilla and Cartagena. El Tamarindo was nominated by Amnesty International as an emblematic case noted in their November 2014 Report “A property title isn’t enough: for a Sustainable Restitution of Land in Colombia”.  In times of transition towards a lasting peace, we find it incongruent that the victims of multiple displacements from the armed conflict, and farmers in vulnerable conditions due to structural causes of the conflict with inequitable land distribution, have again become victims of displacement due to economic interests, with no guarantee of protection of their basic rights from the state at all levels. The only land grant was issued for private individuals (10 hectares in the municipality of Luruaco, Bolívar), after the displacement in December 2015. Therefore, we urge:  That the President assure coherence between the politics of economic investment and the restitution of victims and the guarantees of no-repetition, preventing and avoiding a surge of new victims of displacement due to economic interests. That the Presidential Office for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior to effectively and immediately assume their role as intermediaries between institutions to guarantee attention, as much for the victims as for vulnerable farming families. That the UARIV to treat the case as a priority, as promised by Paula Gaviria in her directorship of the UARIV, resolving the situation of reparation for each of the victim member of ASOTRACAMPO, and taking into account the proposal for collective relocation. That the National Land Agency, in close collaboration with the UARIV, to adjudicate a terrain with sufficient plots for families from ASOTRACAMPO which correspond to the needs of the farming families for their subsistence. That the Ombudsman, to watch over and supervise the protection for the rights of the population in a dignified and effective relocation. We look forward to your support and response, Sincerely, [Signatures]

FOR Peace Presence
266 supporters