Colombia has lived through over fifty years of conflict between many armed groups: guerrilla forces, paramilitary troops, police, soldiers, foreign armies and in more recent years, gangs and narco-trafficking bands have joined the mix. The 2016 peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) have signaled the beginning of the possibility of peace in a portion of the conflict. Oil extraction and mining also complicate the fragile political situation drawing the interest of multinational companies. The U.S. government and its tax dollars also have a long history of exacerbating the violence and further arming an already volatile situation. Since the signing of the 2016 Peace Accords, violence, intimidation, threats and murder of human rights defenders is increasing.
The Colombian Presbyterian Church (IPC) has courageously spoken out time and again against the violence that is endemic in Colombia today and systemically works for holistic nonviolent alternatives to a violent way of life. For this faith-rooted stance, its members have endured arbitrary arrest and death threats. Responding to these attacks against our IPC partners, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship stands with our Colombian sisters and brothers. Please consider joining us in this important work.
Nonviolent accompaniers serve in Colombia in pairs for a month at a time, living in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Colombia. Information here.
Read Accompanier Reports here.
Formerly the “School of Americas,” WHINSEC has become a symbol of human rights violations in Latin America. Learn more here.
From time to time our Colombian partners ask us to use our influence with U.S. and Colombian lawmakers in support of human rights in Colombia. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
Our next training for Colombia Accompaniers is October 11-14 in Montreat, North Carolina. Accompaniment information and interest form here.