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e-1801 (Colombia)

Initiated by Sofia Ramirez from Durham, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Since the signing of the final Peace Accords on November 24, 2016, more than 300 indigenous, union, community, student, Afro-Colombian and political activist leaders have been assassinated. These crimes are being perpetrated against those who demand the return of their lands, promote the voluntary eradication of illicit crops, and represent opposition political parties. Eighty-four former FARC combatants and their relatives have also been killed;
  • It is well noted that President-Elect Ivan Duque opposes the peace agreements and their implementation, even though it is known that a failure of the peace accords would mean a return to war. This is not in the interest of the Colombian people;
  • We appeal to the Government of Canada to continue the monitoring of transitional justice mechanisms and contribute to the reaffirmation of the rule of law so that all people in Colombia can enjoy a fair society; and
  • Behind every murdered leader is a family and the aspirations of thousands of people who dream of living in a more just country.
We, the undersigned, a coalition of Canadian citizens and residents, and Colombian Citizens, call upon the Government of Canada to :
1. Demand that the Colombian state, and its new president, protect these leaders.
2. Denounce the killings and adding the Canadian voice to other international leaders who have already stepped forward publicly.
3. Follow through on the Canadian Government's commitment to support the implementation of the peace agreements.
Open for signature
August 7, 2018, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
December 5, 2018, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Sean Casey
Liberal Caucus
Prince Edward Island
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