Comunicaco público del Comité promotor de la consulta popular

Cajamarca’s Popular Referendum on Mining- An Update from Colombia

El 4 de noviembre, el Tribunal Administrativo del Tolima aprobó la consulta popular de Cajamarca. Esta decisión fue comunicada por escrito al Comité para la consulta popular, a la Registraduría, al alcalde y al ayuntamiento de Cajamarca el 8 de noviembre. Esto le dió al mandatario local 8 días hábiles para fijar administrativamente la fecha de la consulta. Sin embargo, el alcalde de Cajamarca esperó hasta el último día (21 de noviembre) para fijar irresponsablemente la fecha de la consulta para el domingo 27 de noviembre.

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Esto suponía que la oficina electoral de Colombia sólo tenía 6 días para organizarlo todo. En su segunda comunicación pública, el grupo de trabajo para la consulta popular de Cajamarca se quejó de la irresponsable determinación de la fecha. Según el grupo de trabajo, es esencial que todos los ciudadanos del municipio tengan la posibilidad de informarse sobre el alcance y el impacto de su participación en la consulta. Por lo tanto, la decisión causó frustración en la comunidad y la opinión pública debido a las intenciones de violar el derecho fundamental a la participación.

A partir de entonces, el alcalde de Cajamarca solicitó fijar una nueva fecha el 25 de noviembre junto con el Comité para la consulta popular de los ciudadanos de Cajamarca y el secretario del tribunal. El grupo de trabajo propuso planificar la consulta popular el 26 de febrero de 2017. A pesar de esta propuesta -que se hizo para garantizar el derecho fundamental de participación ciudadana- decidió organizar la consulta popular de Cajamarca el 22 de enero de 2017.

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COMUNICADO PÚBLICO DEL COMITÉ PROMOTOR DE LA CONSULTA POPULAR DE CAJAMARCA

29 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2016

El Comité promotor de la Consulta Popular de Cajamarca informa a la opinión pública que el pasado 18 de noviembre de 2016 la minera Anglogold Ashanti presentó una tutela ante el Consejo de Estado contra el Tribunal Administrativo del Tolima por emitir el concepto de Constitucionalidad de la primera Consulta Popular de Iniciativa ciudadana del país. Anglogold plantea en el escrito de la tutela que ellos tienen 6 contratos de concesión minera que comprenden el proyecto minero la Colosa con una extensión de más de 15.000 Hectáreas y una inversión de 367 millones de dólares.

El Magistrado del Consejo de Estado de la sección quinta, Carlos Enrique Moreno Rubio, emitió auto admisorio de la tutela el pasado 23 de noviembre. La decisión fue notificada al Tribunal administrativo del Tolima, la Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil, el Concejo Municipal y el Alcalde de Cajamarca el 28 de noviembre. El auto da un plazo de 3 días a los notificados para participar en el proceso de la tutela y niega las medidas cautelares solicitadas por la empresa Anglogold Ashanti. El número de radicado del proceso es el 11001-03-15-000-2016.

El Comité Promotor denuncia ante la comunidad nacional e internacional que la empresa Anglogold Ashanti no respeta la democracia y el derecho constitucional del pueblo cajamarcuno a decidir la realización de estos proyectos mineros contaminantes sobre su territorio. De manera soterrada imponen una dictadura minera que desconoce la voluntad popular y el Estado Social de Derecho. Actualmente más del 80% de los habitantes del municipio se oponen al proyecto minero La Colosa y la presencia de la Anglogold Ashanti en Cajamarca.

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Reafirmamos que las Consultas Populares frente a temas mineros son legales y constitucionales, son un mecanismo idóneo que representa la licencia social y el derecho fundamental a la participación y la democracia.

Hacemos un llamado internacional, nacional y regional a la solidaridad con los procesos de movilización social, pacíficos, no violentos y participativos que adelantan las comunidades urbanas y campesinas del municipio de Cajamarca en defensa del agua, la vida y el territorio. Exigimos al Estado Colombiano hacer respetar el marco jurídico colombiano, los derechos de las comunidades, la vocación agropecuaria y la democracia. No vamos a aceptar jamás que nos impongan una dictadura minera que divide las comunidades y genera nuevas violencias.

Exigimos la salida inmediata de la empresa Anglogold Ashanti del municipio de Cajamarca y la declaramos un actor nocivo y no grato por sus prácticas antidemocráticas y el desconocimiento de la normatividad Colombiana. No perderemos de vista que esta minera ha sido denunciada internacionalmente por violar los Derechos Humanos de las comunidades en la República Democrática del Congo y en Ghana.

Sin importar las dilaciones, trabas y saboteos que interpone la Anglogold, sus testaferros políticos y defensores, manifestamos que seguiremos más firmes que nunca, que nuestra dignidad y honestidad no se vende. Insistiremos con todas nuestras fuerzas en el ejercicio de defender el Derecho Colectivo al ambiente sano y los derechos fundamentales a la participación, salud y vida de nuestra niñez y familias. Cajamarca es Colombia.https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/RnNZfQn2o2xpggJQqefCOervMbPIci5mujDPJnvl43kv6Rtxjyh5gHN_JKVzeU-aaGz3pePFgxfoAAtZJZNx8mveVTc-11j98EfuAJVcumUenA=s0-d-e1-ft#https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif
ROBINSON ARLEY MEJIA ALONSO
Ingeniero Forestal
Defensor de los DDHH y el Territorio
COSAJUCA
Colectivo Socio-Ambiental Juvenil de Cajamarca

In the Colombian city of Cajamarca, citizens are organising a popular consultation on the future of mining projects in their region, including Anglo Gold Ashanti’s La Colosa gold mine. They have faced many challenges. Here the committee for the popular referendum on mining in Cajamarca gives an update.

On 4 November, the Administrative Court of Tolima, Colombia, approved a popular referendum on the future of mining in Cajamarca. This decision was communicated with a written notification to the Committee for the Popular Referendum, the Central Registration Authority (registraduria), the City Council and the City Hall of Cajamarca on 8 November. Subsequently, this gave the local representative 8 working days to administratively determine the date for the referendum. However, the mayor of Cajamarca waited until the last day (21 November) to irresponsibly schedule the date of the referendum for Sunday 2 November.

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This gave the electoral office of Colombia only 6 days to organize everything. In their second public communication, the working group for the popular referendum of the citizens in Cajamarca complained about the irresponsible choice of date. According to the working group, it is essential that all citizens of the municipality have the opportunity to get informed about the scope and impact of their participation in the referendum. Therefore, the decision caused frustration within the community and the public due to this clear violation of the fundamental right to participate.

The mayor of Cajamarca later selected a new date, 25 November, together with the Committee for the Popular Referendum of the citizens of Cajamarca and the court clerk. The working group proposed to plan the popular referendum on 26 February 2017. Despite this proposal – which was done to guarantee the fundamental right of citizen participation – it has been decided that the popular referendum of Cajamarca will take place on 22 January 2017.

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PUBLIC STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE POPULAR REFERENDUM ON MINING IN CAJAMARCA

29th OF NOVEMBER 2016

The committee for the popular referendum on mining in Cajamarca wishes to inform the public that on 18 November 2016, mining company Anglogold Ashanti presented a claim to the State Council against the Administrative Tribunal of Tolima. Anglogold Ashanti has accused the Administrative Tribunal of approving an unconstitutional popular referendum, the first in the country, initiated by the citizens. In the document, Anglogold states that they have 6 mining concession contracts as part of the mining project named ‘La Colosa’, covering an area of more than 15.000. hectares and an investment of 367 million dollars.

The Magistrate from the 5th section, Carlos Enrique Moreno Rubio, accepted the claim on 23 November. The decision was passed to the Administrative Tribunal of Tolima, the National Registration Office, the Municipal Board and the Mayor of Cajamarca on November 28. The order gives a period of three days to those notified and organisations to participate in the process of the claim and it denies the precautionary measures requested by Anglogold Ashanti. The identification number of the process is 11001-03-15-000-2016.

The committee for the popular referendum on mining in Cajamarca reports to the national and international community that the company Anglogold Ashanti does not respect democracy nor the constitutional right of the people of Cajamarca to decide on the development of these contaminating mining projects on their territory. Using a hidden agenda, they are imposing a mining dictatorship that ignores public opinion and the Rule of Law. At this moment, more than 80% of the municipality inhabitants are against La Colosa mining project and the presence of Anglogold Ashanti in Cajamarca.

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We would like to reaffirm that the popular referenda on mining are both legal and constitutional. They are a mechanism representing social licence and the fundamental right to participation and democracy.

We want to make an international, national and regional call for solidarity with these social mobilisation processes, known for their peacefulness, non-violent and participative character. These processes support urban communities and farmers from Cajamarca in their battle defending water, life and territory. We demand that the Colombian Government respect the juridical framework of Colombia, the rights of the communities, agriculture and livestock as a livelihood and democracy. We will never accept their imposition of a mining dictatorship that divides our communities and generates violence.

We demand the immediate departure of the company Anglogold Ashanti out of the municipality of Cajamarca and declare it a harmful and unwelcome actor due to its anti-democratic practices and its ignorance towards the Colombian regulations. We will not forget that this mining company has been denounced internationally for violating the human rights of communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Ghana.

Regardless of the delays, obstacles and sabotage created by Anglogold, its political front men and defender, we declare that we will continue stronger than ever, because our dignity and honesty are not for sale. We insist, with all our strength, on defending the collective right to a healthy environment and the fundamental rights to participation, health and lives of our children and families. Cajamarca is Colombia.
ROBINSON ARLEY MEJIA ALONSO
Forest engineer
Defender of human rights and territory
COSAJUCA
Socio-Environmental youngster Collective of Cajarmarca

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