PBI Colombia en 2013

Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine how Colombia can move forward and build a better, safer society while members of the political left, trade union leaders and human rights defendors continue to be threatened and assassinated at a frightening rate.
So little is done to investigate and prosecute these crimes – which sometimes are assisted or committed by government security forces – that there is little to discourage people who commit such crimes.
PBI Colombia is one of the organizations which assists some of the millions of Colombians displaced by violence, that protects women and children from systematic sexual assault and allows families to raise and educate their children in secure environments.
Even if Colombia succeeds in signing a peace accord with FARC guerrillas that will end 50 years of conflict there will be no real peace as long as impunity exists.
PBI’s accompaniment of threatened individuals and organizations is one of the most effective ways in which the international community is assisting Colombia with this problem.
I cannot think of any organization more deserving of support.

PBI Colombia (English)

PBI Colombia en 2013

En 2013 hemos protegido a 13 organizaciones, 3 comunidades y 2 defensores de derechos humanos. Gracias por hacer seguimiento a la situación de los derechos humanos en Colombia.

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

2 responses to “PBI Colombia en 2013”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    I agree. PBI Colombia does some great work in supporting and assisting human rights defenders, including the accompaniment programme and their ‘Alliance for Lawyers at Risk’. It is an inspiration as to how foreigners can help and support human rights defenders in a way that makes such a difference but without taking over. As you point out, even if the peace process is successful, this will not stop threats towards and assassinations of lawyers, judges, journalists, human rights defenders and leftist politicians if impunity is allowed to continue.

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