The international civil society organisations signatories to this public statement, Diakonia, ForumCiv, Act Church of Sweden, We Effect and SweFOR, responsible for the implementation of the Project “Aremos Paz”, funded by the European Fund for Peace of the European Union and the Swedish International Development Agency – Sida, and the International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia – Oidhaco, reject and condemn the murder of Governor Sandra Liliana Peña Chocué of the La Laguna Siberia Indigenous Reservation, municipality of Caldono, which is part of the Association of Indigenous Councils Sat’h Tama Kiwe of the Indigenous Regional Council of Cauca-CRIC.
The OIDHACO General Assembly requests guarantees for protesters during the National Strike in Colombia and sends alert regarding alleged use of excessive force by the state security forces.
On 28 April, a National Strike began in more than 500 municipalities in Colombia. Convened by the National Strike Committee, this protest brings together several sectors of the population. The protesters are criticizing the government’s tax reform bill, as they believe that it would lead to greater poverty. Moreover, they are protesting about the mismanagement