Washington Post Reports on Afro-Colombian Battle for Land Rights
News from Colombia |
on: Tuesday, 24 March 2009
The Washington Post has reported on Colombian Government efforts to clean up their image in the US Congress by trying to solve the problems of an Afro-Colombian community. The community was forced from their land over a decade ago by army-backed paramilitaries to make way for huge agro-industry projects owned by businessmen with paramilitary links. According to the article the regime in Bogota is eager to please the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus which has played a key role in blocking a proposed Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia due to human rights concerns.
The article, which JFC recommends, also mentions the case of Walberto Hoyos, an Afro Colombian leader who was murdered last year. JFC reported on his killing here. Human rights lawyer German Romero, who Justice for Colombia hosted in London last year, is also quoted in the article.
Read it in full here: Colombia Orders Return of Stolen Farmland
See also this December 2008 article: Plan Colombia Devastates Afro-Colombian Communities