From the polls to the tribunal: The farmers of Cajamarca, Colombia suing mining multinational Angolgold Ashanti

From the polls to the tribunal: The farmers of Cajamarca, Colombia suing mining multinational Angolgold Ashanti

Text and pictures by: Karlijn Van den Broeck, CATAPA The farming community that voted out multinational Anglogold Ashanti of their territory two years ago, is now taking the fight to court. In March 2017, the people of Cajamarca voted against mining in their region in a Consulta Popular. Two years later the same...

Video: Paths to post-extractivism in Latin America

Video: Paths to post-extractivism in Latin America

YLNM Latin America kicked off the network’s year-long ‘Life After Mining’ webinar series with a discussion focusing on the emergence of people-led resistance and alternatives to mining in Latin America. Watch a full recording of the webinar here (in Spanish). Find out more about the wider ‘Life After Mining’ webinar series...

Farmers block operations of Anglo Gold Ashanti in Jericó, Colombia

Farmers block operations of Anglo Gold Ashanti in Jericó, Colombia

Original article: https://www.rcnradio.com/colombia/antioquia/campesinos-bloquean-trabajos-de-multinacional-minera-en-jerico They claim that the municipal agreement, which prohibits mining activities in the territory, is respected.   Hundreds of famers in Jericó, Antioquia, feel undignified because of the exploratory mining activities undertaken in their territory by the company Anglogold Ashanti, in spite of the municipal agreement, persuaded my local...

Researchers and academics of prestigious universities around the globe requested the Colombian Constitutional Court to declare the nullity of the judgment that intends to limit Popular Consultations

Researchers and academics of prestigious universities around the globe requested the Colombian Constitutional Court to declare the nullity of the judgment that intends to limit Popular Consultations

Original in Spanish in the official page of Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida Researchers and academics from prestigious Universities around the world asked the Colombian Constitutional Court to declare the nullity of Judgment SU 095 of 2018 (File: T-6298958), that limits the Popular Consultations and the fundamental right...

Fusagasugá and San Bernardo say NO to Fracking and Mining through Popular Consultation to defend the largest paramo in the World

Fusagasugá and San Bernardo say NO to Fracking and Mining through Popular Consultation to defend the largest paramo in the World

Original: https://colombialibredefracking.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/comunicado-consultas-populares-fracking/ On the 21stof October, Fusagasugá and San Bernardo will become the epicenter of environmental protection, defense of water and territory in Colombia with the popular consultations taking place in these municipalities. The citizens will voice whether they agree or not with the implementation of Fracking, mining activities and oil...

Territorial Defenders make a symbolic occupation of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá to request for respect towards Popular Consultations

Original: https://comiteambiental.com/noticias/movilizacion/la-toma-simbolica-que-realizaron-los-ambientalistas-a-la-corte-constitucional/ The National Environmental Movement made a symbolic act on Tuesday, October 2nd, in front of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá with the purpose of asking the Constitutional Court to respect the popular consultations and guarantee the participatory democracy recognized in the Political Constitution of Colombia. The environmental movement...

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

The past 11thof August, in Bogotá, around 50 representatives of various territorial defence processes and a dozen experts, joined forces with the purpose of discussing the future of popular consultation in Colombia regarding extractive activities. Delegates of various municipalities from all over the country, from Cesar to Nariño, came together....

The Future of Popular Consultations: Colombian social leaders gather to exchange

The Future of Popular Consultations: Colombian social leaders gather to exchange

This week, new Colombian President Ivan Duque came into power. His election, and his connections to former right-wing leader Alvaro Uribe, have raised serious concerns about what comes next for Colombia’s peace process, ecosystems and the communities across the nation facing extreme repression for defending their lands, waters and livelihoods....

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

What happens after a community successfully says No to mining? Having rejected the La Colosa Gold Mine in a popular consultation last year, the people of Cajamarca, Colombia, and forward-thinking Colombia businesses are building a future based on the region’s real treasures- clean water, land and agriculture. Article drawn from...

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

By: Jairo Barbosa – Member of the information committee – Movimiento Cívico por el Agua y por la Vida de Gachantivá Gachantivá is not an exception of the national mining problem and wants to ratify the right consecrated in the Political Constitution of 1991, of the community in power to decide the...