Colombians head to the polls on May 29th to choose from two radically different visions for the future of the country.
Find out what is at stake in the elections, who is at risk, and what are the impacts on Canadian foreign policy in Colombia?
Armando Wouriyu Valbuena – General Secretary of the Ethical Commission for Peace in the Territories. President of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia – ONIC from 1998-2003.
Jancy Stella Ortega – Member of the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CPDH) in Colombia.
Daniel Tubb – Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada.
According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies in addition to the assassination of 64 social activists and 18 ex-combatants, 37 massacres have also been recorded in the first four months of this year.
Colombia is one of Canada’s closest “partners” in the Americas but has repeatedly failed to take significant action when it comes to denouncing systemic human rights violations and targeted violence against land and human rights defenders, even while propping up economic neoliberal economic extractivist model.