AfricaNow! July 12, 2017
Topic: Afro-Colombian Resistance Movement and Attacks on Activists in Colombia
Topic and Guest: Today the show to focuses on the resistance movement in Colombia of the Afro-descendant population against the constant marginalization and repression since enslavement. The movement was perfectly illustrated in the May 2017 non-violent strikes in Pacific Coast of Colombia. As the struggle continues, activists for positive social change continue to be under attack. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 41 social activists have been killed in Colombia in the first four months of 2017. Joining AfricaNow! to discuss these issues is Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is the leading Colombia human rights advocate.
Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is the leading Colombia human rights advocate. Ms. Sánchez is an expert on internally displaced persons, refugees and human rights, and her work has shed light on the situation of Colombia’s internally displaced persons. She is co-author of Far Worse than Watergate, a publication that documents the widespread abuse of power by Colombia’s presidential intelligence agency, DAS. Ms. Sánchez has worked for greater recognition of Afro-Colombian and indigenous community rights and advocated placing conditions on U.S. assistance to protect these rights.
Also featured on AfricaNow! today is Ms. Charo Mina-Rojas, Afro-Colombian human rights activist a member of the national leadership and international coordinator of the Black Community Process and Afro-Colombian National Council of Peace as well as a member of the Ethnic Commission. She is discussing the May 2017 non-violent strikes in Colombian port city of Buenaventura and other parts of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Ms. Mina-Rojas also focuses on the plight Afro-Colombians in Buenaventura. This is a portion of Ms. Mina-Rojas’s presentation at the panel entitled “Woke!: Black Resistance to US Domestic and Foreign Policy” which was sponsored by Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.
Photo courtesy of Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli of the Washington Office on Latin America
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