Oidhaco and some member organisations have released a public statement on violence committed against peasant farmers protesting in Tumaco on 5th October 2016, which resulted in 6 dead and 20 injured. Land farmers were protesting against the forced eradication of coca crops and demanding the implementation of the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Crops for Illicit Use – regulated in Decree 893 of 2017. The community had signed an agreement of voluntary substitution in March 2017, which to date has not yet been implemented.
It is of prime importance to conduct a full, prompt and impartial investigation into these serious events with the intention of bringing to justice those responsible for any criminal acts. Also, the right to protest needs to be guaranteed.
Read Oidhaco’s public statement in Spanish here