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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:26 PM

US criticizes deteriorating security for Colombia’s indigenous .

Source: Colombia Reports

US criticizes deteriorating security for Colombia’s indigenous .
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 08:23 Tara Morris

United States congressmen on Friday expressed "great concern" about the safety or lack thereof for Colombian indigenous leaders and land rights activists.

Seven U.S. members of congress sent a letter to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos expressing their "great concern" regarding threats made against Colombian land rights activists and indigenous leaders specifically in the northwest department of Choco.

"We write to you to express our great concern about the recent security situation of the communities of the Curvarado and Jiguamiando river basins and the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP)...which accompanies the communitites," read the statement.

The municipalities of Curvarado, Jiguamiando and Cacarica, have experienced a rise in murders, death threats and harassment due to land activism.

Read more: http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/28006-us-criticizes-deteriorating-security-for-colombias-indigenous-.html

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