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- Armed Conflict: Human rights and international humanitarian law violations on the Pacific coast
- Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the San Jose de Apartado Massacre:
A community continues to seek justice (background report on the massacre)
- The Kamentsa and Inga Leaders Defend their Lands
- Planting a seed in Afghanistan
We are pleased to introduce our Summer 2015 Newsletter, which we think is quite special. We focus attention first on the desperate human rights situation in the Pacific port city of Tumaco in Narino Department, where a community group has reached out to us to accompany them in their efforts to halt the violence and protect their families and homes. Next comes the moving report by CSN Secretary Eunice Gibson on her visit to the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, which commemorated the 10th anniversary of the military/paramilitary massacre of Peace Community leader Luis Eduardo Guerra and 7 other persons, including 3 children. Then we turn to CSN representative Beatriz Vejarano’s beautifully written report on the struggle of the Kamentsa and Inga indigenous communities to protect their lands, livelihood and traditions from multi-national mining interests and the Colombian government’s construction of an ecologically destructive highway. And we close the Newsletter with a report by Buddy Bell on an initiative to apply the model of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado to a community in war-torn Afghanistan. We hope you enjoy reading this edition.