Colombianos en ONU exigen respeto a la vida este sábado

Colombianos en ONU exigen respeto a la vida este sábado

El sábado 12 de mayo se llevará a cabo una demostración frente al edificio de las Naciones Unidas en Manhattan (calle 46 y Primera Avenida) para que este organismo internacional actúe en defensa del proceso de votación en Colombia y proteja la vida de los candidatos de la oposición. En Colombia han asesinado a cinco candidatos a la presidencia: Luis Carlos Galán, Carlos Pizarro, Jaime Pardo Leal, Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa y Alvaro Gómez Hurtado.

INVITACION ONU (1)

ESTA ES COPIA DE LA CARTA Y LOS FIRMANTES:

Open Letter to the Secretary General of United Nations

May 14, 2018

Your Excellency Mr. Antonio Gutierrez United Nations Secretary-General
U.N. Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

U.S.A.
Dear Secretary General Gutierrez,

On behalf of millions of Colombians in exile we implore your strong intervention to demand from the Colombian Government appropriate protection to the life of the candidates to the presidency of Colombia to be run on May 28 and probably June 17 of this year.

Over the last three decades five opposition presidential candidates have been assassinated, all of them by the same coalition of rogue military, paramilitary and far right politicians.

They were:
Luis Carlos Galán, candidate of the New Liberalism,
Jaime Pardo Leal, candidate the Patriotic Union,
Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa, candidate of the Patriotic Union

Carlos Pizarro Leon-Gomez, candidate of the 19 of April Party

Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, candidate of the Conservative Party

An assassination attempt against current candidate Gustavo Petro already occurred in the city of Cúcuta in February of this year. The candidates Ivan Duque and German Vargas were alerted by Police about preparation of attempts against their lives. A well-known activist of the far right made a public incitement against the life of candidate Humberto de la Calle with full impunity. Based on public records 87 social activists have been assassinated over the first four months of 2018.

The current Government rewarded high rank military officers accused of crimes against humanity with promotions, high pensions, and

ambassadorships, while national and international human rights organizations are under constant threat as recently denounced by Human Rights Watch.

The Ministry of Defense during former government encouraged certain units of the Colombian military to recruit unemployed young men in the slums of urban areas that were later dressed as guerrilla combatants, killed, and presented in the media as the proof of success of the government in its fight against insurgents. More than three thousand Colombian youngsters were assassinated in that way; that program was cynically called “false positives”.

That dreadful crime was eventually elucidated nevertheless it remains largely unpunished. The current president of Colombia served as Minister of Defense during that period, heading the very same agency that promoted and financed the atrocity. We can’t expect from this government more than a minimal protection of his opponents.

Despite monumental obstacles Colombia has advanced towards the termination of fifty years of internal war. A peaceful electoral process is essential for the stabilization of the country that many of us were forced to leave.

You have our trust, Mr. Secretary General. Your high moral and political authority shall be used to pressure President Juan Manuel Santos to use the considerable power of the national armed forces to protect the lives and body integrity of all the presidential candidates.

Respectfully

United for Colombia

Signatures:
ARTURO PLINIO ARCHILA, M.D.

RAMIRO ANTONIO SANDOVAL, ARTISTA, ACTIVISTA DE DDHH. AGENDA INTERNACIONAL DE PAZ, NEW YORK.

ANDRÉS FELIPE LONDOÑO LÓPEZ

CARLOS EDUARDO SATIZABAL ATEHORTÚA ARTISTA, ACTIVISTA DE DDHH

MARÍA E. MARTÍN

VANESSA TORRES
ANTROPÓLOGA Y ESCRITORA – COLOMBIANOS EN HOUSTON TEXAS

MARTHA GABRIELA TORO MEJÍA

MYRIAM OJEDA
AGENDA INTERNACIONAL DE PAZ, LONDRES

MÓNICA ARIAS FERNÁNDEZ
ESTUDIANTE DE DOCTORADO EN FILOSOFÍA POLÍTICA – UNIVERSIDAD, PARÍS

INGRID GARCÍA, FUNCIONARIA MINISTERIO DE DESARROLLO SOCIAL Y HUMANO GOBIERNO FEDERAL CANADÁ.

MICHAEL STEVE ARMERO, ACTIVISTA POR LOS DERECHOS SOCIALES EN COLOMBIA, SI A LA PAZ (ENCUENTRO DE COLOMBIANOS Y COLOMBIANAS POR EL SI A LA PAZ), BUENOS AIRES.

GIOVANNI CORREA VENEGAS
MIGUEL OLAYA, DEFENSOR DDHH, ECUADOR

LA COLECTIVA DE MUJERES REFUGIADAS, EXILIADAS Y MIGRADAS, MADRID

AMÉRICA, ESPAÑA SOLIDARIDAD Y COOPERACIÓN (AESCO), ESPAÑA

ASOVICA, ASOCIACIÓN DE VÍCTIMAS DEL CONFLICTO ARMADO COLOMBIANO EN CANADÁ

FORO INTERNACIONAL DE VÍCTIMAS CAPÍTULO CANADÁ FIV- CANADÁ.

JORGE PARRA, DEFENSOR DE DDHH, CANADÁ KLARA LOPERA SÁNCHEZ

GERMÁN ÁVILA, FORO INTERNACIONAL DE VÍCTIMAS, URUGUAY SERIO ANGULO, MD

ECOS DE COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA

ALBA TERESA HIGUERA BUITRAGO, DEFENSORA DE DDHH Y DE LAS MUJERES, REFUGIADA POLÍTICA

SOVI-PANAMA

JULIO CESAR ROBLEDO, DE ACUERDO PALABRA QUE SI! COMITÉ COLOMBIA HUMANA, MONTREAL

JESÚS ALFONSO SALAZAR MALDONADO. REPRESENTANTE LEGAL ASOVICOL CALGARY ALBERTA, CANADÁ

SANDRA MILENA SALAZAR, COLECTIVO DE MUJERES VÍCTIMAS DEL CONFLICTO, ECUADOR

HERLEY SÁNCHEZ, COLECTIVO DE REFUGIADOS COLOMBIANO EN ECUADOR

CAROLINA CHAVES-O’FLYNN PHD, HISPANIC LINGUISTICS ELIZABETH CASTAÑEDA, ACTIVISTA

MARIO ALFONSO MURILLO, PROFESOR DE COMUNICACIÓN Y ESTUDIOS LATINOAMERICANOS, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

LUIS MEJÍA
CARLOS AGUASACO, ESCRITOR
COLOMBIAN ACTION SOLIDARITY ALLIANCE – CASA LA BODEGA DE PETRO – TORONTO GROUP

ALUNA, SUECIA

FREDDY CASTIBLANCO, MÉDICO CIRUJANO (UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL)

JHON AGUASACO, ARTISTA Y EMPRESARIO

JAIRO CHAVES NAVIA, FÍSICO (UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL)

LILIA PARRA C. ACTIVISTA, NY

GILMA MANRIQUE, EMPRENDEDORA

ORLANDO VARGAS, FOTÓGRAFO

ALONSO CÓRDOBA, BIÓLOGO

JUDIS HERNÁNDEZ

FORO INTERNACIONAL DE VÍCTIMAS, SUECIA

ORGANIZACIÓN MULTICULTURAL DE INTEGRACIÓN Y DERECHOS HUMANOS –OMI

JOSE J GAMBOA PROFESOR TITULAR E INVESTIGADOR – UNIVERSIDAD DE UMEÅ,
SUECIA

ELIZABETH GARAVITO, ENFERMERA, SUIZA.

EFRAÍN LAVERDE, DIRECTOR FUNDACIÓN JUSTICIA Y PAZ, CAPITULO ECUADOR.

MARIA EDITH SILVA-RIOS, WORKER’S ORGANIZER
PATRÍCIA GARZÓN
ALFONSO IBARRA COMITÉ COLOMBIA-HUMANA OTTAWA-GATINEAU

LUZ- ELENA OCAMPO COMITÉ COLOMBIA-HUMANA OTTAWA- GATINEAU

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