The signatory international civil society organizations call upon armed actors in Colombia to secure the lives of all communities and people living in the national territory, particularly in those places affected by the indefinite “armed strike” of the EPL (specifically, the Libardo Mora Toro Front), declared since February 12 in the Catatumbo region and the one declared by the National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish) from February 14 to 17.
Colombia has chosen peace, and, with difficulty, is moving from a past of war to a future in which violence is not a means to deal with social, political, economic, and cultural differences. Leaders and civil society organizations work daily to realize these aspirations.
Colombia deserves to live in peace. Thus, we reiterate our call to the government of President Iván Duque, the ELN, and other armed groups to uphold the right of the Colombian people to live in peace, and to retake the path of dialogue as the most effective way to finally overcome the armed conflict in Colombia.
The Colombian state and armed actors are bound to observe and respect International Humanitarian Law (IHR) as an ethical and legal commitment to protect the individuals not directly associated to armed conflict.
As international civil society organizations, within the scope of our mandates, we remain committed to the construction of a comprehensive, just peace in Colombia. To that end, we will continue to work alongside victims, women, rural communities, people transitioning into civilian life, and other Colombian civil society organizations that contribute to peace.
Espacio de Cooperación para la Paz
ACT – Church of Sweden
Ask! – Swiss-Colombia Working Group
Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America
Fondo de Acción Urgente para América Latina y el Caribe
International Action for Peace
Paz con Dignidad
Terre des Hommes Suisse