Indigenous Partner at Risk in Colombia.
KAIROS is extremely concerned about the safety of the Embera Chamí Indigenous leader, Flaminio Onogama Gutiérre from South West Colombia. Flaminio was in Canada in 2010 as part of a KAIROS sponsored tour. According to reports from Amnesty International, Flaminio is currently in hiding after the bodies of two family members were found stabbed to death and with evidence of torture.
See Amnesty’s urgent action for more information.
Flaminio has spoken to many Canadians and has met many of you in the KAIROS network.
During their visit to Canada, Flamino and Dora Tavara, the women’s coordinator at the ONIC, spoke forcefully about the human rights crisis faced by Indigenous peoples in Colombia and ONIC’s Palabra dulce, aire de vida’ (Sweet words, breath of life) campaign to end the ongoing threats against Indigenous peoples in Colombia. More than one third of the 102 distinct Indigenous peoples in Colombia are at risk of extinction as a result of the ongoing conflict and the encroachment of resource extraction projects on their land. The situation is so bad that following his visit to Colombia in 2010, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous people assessed the situation as so “critical and profoundly worrying” that he recommended an investigation by the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
Flaminio’s life is now in danger and we are asking you to respond.
Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action asking people to write letters to the President of Colombia:
- expressing concerns about the vulnerable situation of Flaminio Onogama Gutiérrez and other members of the Embera Chamí community of La Esperanza.
- asking him to take appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of those under threat.
Please take a few minutes and click here to respond to this urgent action.
As well, please forward copies of your letters to your Member of Parliament and to KAIROS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your response. It does make a difference.
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