• Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

    By on November 11, 2015

    Misael Payares, a leader of Las Pavas negotiates with riot police during the eviction of 2009.

    In Colombia the problem is not so much unjust laws, as it is the failure to apply existing laws and legislation in a timely manner. The communities Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Colombia accompany are hugely affected by these failures, as is the entire country. In effect such delays result in the continued impunity for perpetrators of crimes, thereby undermining the rule of law’s ability to prevent future crimes. Victims are not only denied justice and compensation; they are also at risk of becoming repeat victims of repeat offenders.
  • An Aportes San Isidro palm oil worker tends to recently planted palm trees that surround young yucca and plantain trees.

    Constitutional Court Ruling Changes the Game in Favour of Las Pavas

    By on October 1, 2015

    An Aportes San Isidro palm oil worker tends to recently planted palm trees that surround young yucca and plantain trees.

    Yesterday, the Constitutional court removed two articles from the Agrarian Law that have been used by large landowners – who have acquired land through illegal means – and have prevented the Colombian state in recovering these said lands. From now forward, INCODER’s – the Colombian institute that regulates land titling – ruling cannot be suspended in the event of an appeal for revision.

    Two years ago, INCODER ruled that the disputed territory of Las Pavas belonged to the state, through a process of imminent domain.

  • Public Denouncement from ASOCAB facing further threats

    By on August 18, 2015

    On August 6th the Las Pavas community met with the mayor of El Peñon, the Police Inspector, the Police...

  • Las Pavas Questions Collective Reparation Program

    By on November 7, 2014
    On Wednesday, September 17 the Victims Unit (Unidad de Victimas) and the Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER) visited the Las Pavas community to move the Collective Reparation process forward. They also investigated violations that the Aportes San Isidro (ASI) palm oil company has committed against the community.  The first was the reinstallation of a gate that prevents Las Pavas community members from travelling on the main road to their farms, forcing them to take a difficult detour through the jungle. The second was the construction of a house and resettlement of a family on Las Pavas land.  The latter is an illegal invasion of state land.
  • Las Pavas Denounces Acts of Agression

    By on August 8, 2014
    On August 4th, the community of Las Pavas publicly denounced constant aggressions committed by the palm company Aportes San Isidro and the lack of government response regarding the actions of this company.  The community, to whom the government has allocated the Las Pavas farm (2012) and who are legally recognized as having been displaced by paramilitaries in 2003 (2013), continue to be affected by the palm company’s disregard for the legal system.  Aportes San Isidro has committed various attacks against the community which generate terror, despair, and social breakdown in the community.  The community of Las Pavas also denounces the lack of guarantees from the State, to whom they have reported many times their vulnerable situation and the violence enacted against their members.
  • 64 Titles for Garzal

    By on April 6, 2013

    On Wednesday morning, gathered under two large trees, Jhenifer Mojica, INCODER’s Deputy Director of Rural Land (The Colombian Land Institute) returned sixty four titles to members of the community of Garzal. “Your unity has been exemplary to all of us” she said, “Garzal is an emblematic case, one of the sixteen hand picked by President Santos that would receive immediate attention.”

    In 2003 the community was defrauded by INCODER under a technical guise. A representative of the institute, unofficially collected their original titles claiming that the paperwork was under revision of a legal procedure, while assuring them that the titles would be returned to them soon after the minor adjustment was made.

  • 116 families celebrate!

    By on November 25, 2012
    Earlier this week INCODER, the government institution that oversees land titling and rural development forfeited the land away from Aportes San Isidro S.A., the palm oil company that had invaded the territories belonging to the community of Las Pavas. This decision is a significant step towards the rightful ownership of the land by the community. Read on for Las Pavas’ statement.

    116 families celebrate! ASOCAB is respectful of the decision of INCODER.

    We, the Farmers Association of Buenos Aires (ASOCAB), give thanks to God, in whom we believe. We also give thanks to all national and international organizations that have joined us in this process.