URGENT ACTION: Ask Mayor of Puerto Wilches to Revoke Illegal Eviction Order against GuayaboThe community of El Guayabo in the municipality of Puerto Wilches has received information from a reliable source that the police coronel signed an illegal eviction order to be executed tomorrow, Wednesday October 29. The community has not been notified or made aware of the details of the eviction order and have not been guaranteed the presence of the public defender as is mandated in cases such as these. On Sunday October 26, Mr. Rodrigo López and Mr. Jose Adelmo Caldas (identified by community members as an a ex-paramilitary) arrived with 16 police officers to the community of El Guayabo, threatening eviction without a court order.
Take Two Actions: Call the Mayors Office and Sign the Petition
On August 15th lawyers for the Colombian National Institution for Rural Development (INCODER) made it clear to the Mayor of Puerto Wilches that any eviction against the community is completely illegal as they are currently involved in a land process at the national level.
Community members are understandably scared and angry. Tomorrow will be the fifth eviction attempt in a series of irregular, illegal, and sometimes violent efforts to displace Guayabo farmers on claims of ownership by Rodrigo Lopez Henao. The last eviction occurred on June 26, 2014, and involved Colombian riot police using tear gas and pepper spray and causing multiple injuries to community members.In addition to eviction attempts, intimidation tactics have included unofficial visits by armed off-duty police and threats to community leaders.
Mayor German Duran is the highest local authority and has the power to intervene in this case.
Call the Mayor, Germán Durán
(+57) 7 613 2568
Good afternoon Mr Mayor,
I am calling as part of/affiliated to the international organization Christian Peacemaker Teams to express my support and concern for the community of Guayabo. As a human rights observer, I want to demand transparency and justice in the legal process of the land in El Guayabo.
Please stop the planned eviction tomorrow. INCODER lawyers made it clear to you on August 15th 2014 that all attempted evictions have been illegal because the land is currently undergoing a process of imminent domain.
I am concerned that the police under your supervision have acted in a threatening manner towards the Guayabo community. On Sunday October 26th, Mr Rodrigo Lopez Henao arrived to Guayabo with 16 police officers who threatened the community with eviction but when asked, did not have a court order to do so.
I will continue to follow this case and hope it can be resolved justly and peacefully.
Call Guide in Spanish:
Buenas tardes Señor Alcalde,
Estoy llamando como parte de/afiliada/o a la organización internacional Equipos Cristianos de Acción por la Paz para expresar mi preocupación y apoyo para la comunidad de El Guayabo. Como observadora/o de derechos humanos quiero exigir transparencia y justicia en el proceso judicial de la tierras de El Guayabo.
Pido que suspende el desalojo para mañana. Los abogados de INCODER le hizo saber el 15 de agosto que todos los intentos de desalojo han sido ilegales porque la tierra está en este momento en un proceso de extinción de dominio.
Estoy preocupada/o que la policía bajo su supervisión han actuado de una manera amenazante hacia la comunidad de El Guayabo. El domingo 26 de octubre llegó el Sr. Rodrigo López Henao al predio con 16 policías quienes amenazaron a la comunidad con un desalojo pero cuando la comunidad les preguntó por una orden judicial, no tenían.
Daré seguimiento al caso y espero que se pueda resolver de una manera justa y no-violenta.