At least one in three Indigenous nations in Colombia – distinct
cultures and societies like the Wayúu people – face an urgent threat
of total destruction. The causes: the impact of armed conflict,
unrestrained resource development on their lands, and the failure of
the Colombian government to uphold their rights.
The Colombian Constitutional Court has found that at least 34 of 102
distinct Indigenous nations in Colombia are in danger of physical and
cultural destruction. The Court called the situation “an emergency
which is as serious as it is invisible.”
The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia is urging the United
Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide to visit
Colombia and expose what is happening. The UN Special Rapporteur on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is supporting this call for action.
In contrast, Canada has never publicly acknowledged the seriousness of
the threats facing Indigenous Peoples in Colombia.
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