(Translated by Peter Lenny, a CSN Volunteer Translator)
Rural organisations are the most stigmatised in the Bajo Cauca
by Yhoban Camilo Hernandez Cifuentes
May 27, 2014
As part of the Derechos sin Estigmas project, a study by the Instituto Popular de Capacitación (IPC) has revealed that rural workers, indigenous people, victims and informal miners are the population groups most vulnerable to human rights violations in Caucasia, Cáceres and Tarazá.
In the three municipalities of the Bajo Cauca, the study gathered information by a perception survey applied to 118 people, including community officials and leaders; plus 25 personal interviews, and 3 focal groups in institutions and social organisations.
The findings were circulated on 22 and 23 May in the municipalities of Tarazá, Cáceres and Caucasia. In these three towns, 91 members of social organisations have benefited from the project.
The survey consisted in measuring opinion with regard to human rights defenders, mapping those actors, and diagnosing perceptions and practices involved in stigmatisation and intolerance in these three municipalities of the Antioquia Bajo Cauca. The purpose was to identify the complex of problems affecting human rights promotion and advocacy in the region.
Derechos sin estigmas: tolerancia y cultura de derechos humanos en Caucasia, Cáceres y Tarazá [Rights without stigma: tolerance and human rights in Caucasia, Cáceres and Tarazá] is a project run by the Instituto Popular de Capacitación (IPC) with support from the Human Rights programme of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The study findings are exclusively the responsibility of the IPC and do not commit USAID.
The study will provide input to developing content for the next stage of Derechos sin Estigmas, which comprises a training process in an itinerant school, a diverse dialogue, a civic pact for human rights, a regional model of human rights and a public opinion campaign.
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