The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

We ask that the EU supports land resistance initiatives to help put a stop to displacement in Colombia

In five years at least 71 leaders claiming land restitution have been killed. Colombia is the country with the highest number of displaced persons in the world. Five and a half million people have been driven from their lands.

April 17 marks the International Day of Peasant Struggle. In Colombia the rural population is faced with one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in the world. According to the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento – Codhes), during 2011 about 260,000 people were displaced in Colombia, more than 710 people a day. The number of displaced persons in Colombia reached nearly 5.5 million in 2011. This vast number of war victims is composed mainly of peasant farmers, indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombians.

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