Human Rights

Radioforo: Catatumbo: Threat of the black gold

If the mining companies have their way, the Catatumbo region, located in the north of Columbia, will be supplying 800,000 tons of coal each year. The coal will be shipped in large part to Hamburg, since Germany is the second largest consumer of Columbian coal. The local small farmers and indigenous communities are not at all happy with this prospect. Their territories and protected natural areas are being threatened and they fear another forced evacuation from their lands.

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Radio Foro: Interview with Laura Rangel from RECALCA

We had a conversation with Laura Rangel from the Colombian Alliance against Free Trade, RECALCA.

Laura Rangel describes her government as corrupt. The EU sits at the same table with a president who is oppressing and disappearing people. These human rights abuses, she says, are conducted in the interests of large European companies. Rangel refutes the argument that Columbia has become safer under Uribe and that the country is in a process of democratization which should be supported by the EU.

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