13th OPEN LETTER – A call to stop the killing

27 September 2020

Today marks four years since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the State and the FARC-EP, a reason for joy and reconstruction of hope amid the ashes and shards into which it has turned that Agreement and the consolidation of the Uribista project of the so-called State of Opinion with the control of research and control bodies, as well as the consent of social sectors to authoritarianism.

 Today is a day to honor hundreds and thousands of victims in the new country that we are affirming before this devastating project of rights from silenced, distorted and manipulated truths. They are the more than 220,000 victims, mostly civilians and combatants of all forces, killed in this political violence. That’s over 100,000 people reported missing. They are the more than eight million victims of forced displacement, dispossessed and abandoned land. Victims of 63 massacres so far in 2020 and the citizens killed by police forces, as well as the 228 peace signatories annihilated and the hundreds of leaders killed. The murdered of the UP, A Luchar, Anapo, Firmes, Frente Popular; the more than 2500 ex-paramilitares killed in the development of the law 975. Today, in the face of the judicial machinery that has become a mechanism of war with judicial assemblies, we encourage solidarity with those unjustly deprived of their liberty.

In our militarized territories we continue to suffer human rights violations and serious breaches of Humanitarian Law, dispossession and extractive operations, agribusiness and deforestation to consolidate the Investment State without rights, they intend to kill our souls.

Days before the declaration of emergency for pandemic and then supported by the message of Pope Francis and resolution 2352 of the United Nations Security Council, we invite President Duque to start a ceasefire. His silence was an absolute sign of contempt and his loyalty to the exclusive project under construction.

Thus, the president Duque of good form of legality mocked an action of protection instituted by us that ordered him to give a clear and precise answer to that request.

Faced with this reality and recognizing the diverse motivation of armed expressions, we invite you to respect their lives, ours and those of society.

Today, in the face of President Duque’s conscious silence to a cease-fire, we are left only as a last resource to appeal to the conscience of soldiers and police, and security agencies to cease fire by ceasing attacks and repression on urban and rural citizens seeking an inclusive and peaceful democracy.

Today we invite the ELN as we have publicly done since February this year to make local Humanitarian Agreements with our communities. Strict application of humanitarian law. To avoid further pain and tragedy for our communities and also for their own members in arms.

Today we also call on the First Front and the Second Marquetalia of the FARC-EP, we appeal to them to strictly apply humanitarian law.

Today we call on the AGC, the Caparros, the Pelusos also border commandos, to pronounce and build Humanitarian Agreements that enable respect for our rights and avoid new tragedies and pains also in their own ranks.

We believe that the viable solution for all forms of violence is dialogue. If we manage to reach Humanitarian Agreements, we can start dialogues to listen based on the nature of their armed choice to know what their bets and proposals are for getting out of arms and building a new country.

We are pleased that the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of its mission in Colombia for another year.

We invite the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to carry out a territorial monitoring visit for several days to learn first-hand what is happening in the territories in which we live, and to recommend, together with all the entities of the United Nations system, precise formulas and recommendations for this type of situation to be overcome.

We reiterate the call to the International Criminal Court, ICC, to follow up on the dialogue with victims regarding the situation in the ordinary justice system, regarding the call to third parties and former paramilitary commanders, as well as the decisions being taken by the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP, which is making the full truth impossible.

We invite the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Comptroller General of the Nation to locate in 15 territories of Colombia, where we continue to suffer the armed conflict, to act in accordance with the 1991 Constitution and with territorial and transitional mobile peace houses in its inter-institutional presence to identify, note the specific and real risk factors that we live in the territories and exercise a controlling role over all the institutions of government with independence and speed.

We invite the Special Jurisdiction of Peace to adopt decisions in law identifying the territorial situations regarding dozens of witnesses and dozens of applicants to be accepted by this jurisdiction. The JEP has a responsibility to the country with us the victims of the territories. Only a complete and integral truth will open up to us the possibility of reconciliation and territorial transformations.

Continue to close the doors with only legal arguments that ignore territorial realities and situations, to dozens of people who are willing as we have verified, to tell the truth to the JEP, is the possibility of a new frustration for Colombia and of encouraging the spiral of violence.

We invite the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth to recognize the formulas and proposals for territorial transition to peace that we are formulating and building from the territories.

We are fed up with violence and that weariness becomes the construction and affirmation of the country that we deserve an inclusive country, a country with freedoms, a country of social justice, a country of environmental justice, a country where we recognize what we have done incorrectly, where the truth impels us to avoid repeating new spirals of violence.

The new country is being born. We invite ex-military, ex-guerrilla, paramilitary, new military, to the guerrillas, to the youth of the gangs of our cities, to assume the love of the homeland in the construction of peace through dialogue and the endorsement of the word with public policies.

We invite business sectors and political sectors to act with generosity and civic spirit to contribute in the respect of human rights and the environment, an investment stained with blood in their interior or their environment, it is a self-incrimination towards the death project.

For life in life we count on you.


-ADISPA as representative organization of the 24 Communities of the Peasant Reserve Zone Amazon Pearl (Putumayo):

-Community of Agualongo.

-Community of Lower Cuembí.

-Community of Lower Lorenzo.

-Community of Lower Mansoyá.

-Community of Baldío

– Community of Belén.

– Community of Bocana de Cuembí.

-Community of Buen Samaritano.

-Community of Camios.

-The community of Angosturas.

-Community of Chufiyá.

-Community of Comandante.

-Community of Frontera.

-Community of Guadalupe.

-Community of Juvenil.

– Community of La Alea.

-Community of La Española.

-Community of La Piña.

-Community of La Rosa.

-Community of Puerto Playa.

-Community of San Salvador.

-Community of Sevilla.

-Community of Toaya.

-Community of Zamora.

– Indigenous high town council, Sinaí, Villa Garzón.

– Indigenous high town council, Suspisacha, Piamonte.

-Indigenous town council,Cerro de Guadua, Puerto Guzmán.

-Indigenous town council Çxhab Wala, Villagarzon.

-Indigenous town council, Juan Tama, Puerto Guzman.

-Indigenous town council, Kiwe Nxusxa, Las Delicias.

-Indigenous town council, Kiwe U’kwe, Puerto Caicedo.

-Indigenous town council, Kiwe U’se, Nueva Palestina, Valle del Guamuéz.

-Indigenous town council, Kiwe Zxiçxkwe, Tierra Linda, Valle del Guamuéz.

-Indigenous town council, Kjwen Tama Luuçxwe’sx, hijos de Juan Tama, Mocoa.

-Indigenous town council Ksxa’w Nasa, Alto Danubio, Puerto Asís.

-Indigenous town council Kwe’sx Kiwe, Orito.

-Indigenous town council Kwe’sx Kiwe. Puerto Asís.

-Indigenous town council Kwe’sx Nasa çxayu’çe, Alto Coqueto, Puerto Caicedo.

-Indigenous town council Kwe’sx Tata Wala, Puerto Caicedo.

-Indigenous town council Nasa Kiwe Puerto Leguizamo.

-Indigenous town council Nasa Tkuymatewe’sx, Orito.

-Indigenous town council Nasa Fxi’w La Libertad, Puerto Asís.

-Indigenous town council Pkid Kiwe, Los Guayabales.

-Indigenous town council Sat’t Tama, Puerto Asís.

-Indigenous town council Thä’ Tadx Kiwe, Loma Redonda, Villa Garzón.

-Indigenous town council Yu’ Çxihme, El Libano, Puerto Caicedo.

-Indigenous town council Yu’kh Zxiçxkwe, Selva Hermosa, Puerto Caicedo.

-Indigenous town council Yu’luuçx, Las Minas, Puerto Asís.

-Jerusalén town, Villa Garzón.

-Indigenous town Mühm Kiwe, Los Guaduales, Puerto Guzmán.

-Indigenous town Jerusalén San Luis Alto Picudito.

-Indigenous town Jxkase Kiwe, El Descanso, Puerto Guzmán.

-Indigenous town La Florida, Mocoa.

-Indigenous town Nasa Çxhab, Puerto Asís.

-Indigenous town Kiwnas Çxhab, Alto Lorenzo, Puerto Asís.

 -Nasa Indigenous town Uh Los Gavilanes, Jardines de Sucumbíos town, Ipiales

-Indigenous town Sek Kaanxi thä’ Kiwe   Alpes OrientalesTown, La Floresta, Alto Coqueto.

-Indigenous town Txitx U’kwe Kiwe, Town Porvenir La Barrialosa town, Puerto Guzmán.

 -Indigenous town Yu’ukwe Kiwe, Aguaditas, Puerto Guzmán.

-San Luis Alto Picudito town, Villa Garzón.

-Santa Rosa de Juanambu town , Villa Garzón.

– Association families victims of Trujillo (Asfavit), (Valle del Cauca).

-Asokoinonia de Río Chiquito town, Trujillo (Valle del Cauca).

-Community Council of Cabeceras, Bajo San Juan, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Zone Puente Nayero, Buenaventura, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Indigenous town Santa Rosa de Guayacán, Calima, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Indigenous town and Biodiversity Unión Agua Clara (Valle del Cauca).        

-Central Women’s Committee of the Association for Sustainable Integral Development -ADISPA- “My Name is Amazon Pearl Woman” MEMPA, (Putumayo).

-Youth Roots of Dignity Amazon Pearl – JURADIPA, (Putumayo).

-Integral cooperative of women and men agricultural entrepreneurs victims of the armed conflict in the municipality of Trujillo, CIMEVAT, (Valle del Cauca).

-Agroecological Association Esther Cayapu, ASOESCA, La Sonora, Trujillo (Valle del Cauca).

-Association of Agricultural Families with land restored in Colombia, AFAREC, La Sonora, Trujillo, (Valle del Cauca).

Community Council of cabeceras, Bajo San Juan, (Valle del Cauca).

 -Community Council La Esperanza, Buenaventura, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Zone neighborhood La playita, Buenaventura, (Valle del Cauca).

-Families victims kidnapping and murder deputies, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Zone Santa Rosa de Guayacá, Calima, (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian and biodiverse Zone Unión Agua Clara (Valle del Cauca).

-Humanitarian Zone and biodiverse Union San Juan de Puerto Pizario. Litoral San Juan, (Valle del Cauca).

-Indigenous Zone of Puerto Guadualito, Puerto Pizario, Litoral San Juan, (Valle del Cauca).

-Zone ancient town Wounaan Córdoba, Buenaventura, (Valle del Cauca).

-Autodetermination Communities, Life, Dignity, CAVIDA, Cacarica Collective Territory, (Chocó).

-Families of camp victims (Antioquia)

-Association of Displaced Women of Ríosucio, CLAMORES, (Chocó).

-Jiguamiandó Humanitarian Zones and Biodiversity Zones (Chocó)

Cabildo Mayor Embera de Resguardo Urada Jiguamiando, CAMERUJ, (Chocó).

-Wounaan Community of the Pichimá River Resguardo Ravine Displaced in Docordó, Litoral San Juan, (Chocó).

-Wounaan indigenous Zone of juin Phu Buur, Cacarica, (Chocó).

-Environmental Zone SO BIA DRUA, Jiguamiandó, (Chocó).

Cabildo Mayor Embera de Resguardo Urada Jiguamiando, CAMERUJ, (Chocó).

-Wounaan Community of the Pichimá River Resguardo Quebrada displaced in Docordó, Litoral San Juan, (Chocó).

-Wounaan Indigenous Zone of juin Phu Buur, Cacarica, (Chocó).

-Environmental Zone SO BIA DRUA, Jiguamiandó, (Chocó).

-La Yulina Biodiversity Zone, Curbaradó Collective Territory, (Chocó). Cabildo Mayor Embera de Resguardo Urada Jiguamiando, CAMERUJ, (Chocó).

-Wounaan Community of the Pichimá River Resguardo Quebrada displaced in Docordó, Litoral San Juan, (Chocó).

-Wounaan indigenous reserve of juin Phu Buur, Cacarica, (Chocó).

-Environmental Zone SO BIA DRUA, Jiguamiandó, (Chocó).

-La Yulina Biodiversity Zone, Curbaradó Collective Territory, (Chocó).

– El Hobo Biodiversity Zone, Collective Territory of Jiguamiandó, (Chocó).

-El Retorno Biodiversity Zone, Collective Territory of Pedeguita y mancilla, (Chocó).

-La Esperanza Biodiversity Area, Polo Family, Collective Territory of Pedeguita and mancilla, (Chocó).

-Mary Hernandez Biodiversity Area, Collective Territory of Pedeguita y mancilla, (Chocó).

 -My land (Mi Tierra) Biodiversity Area, Pedeguita and Manilla Collective Territory, (Chocó).

-Area of Biodiversity Andalucia, Collective Territory of Curbaradó, (Chocó).

-Caracolí Biodiversity Zone, Curbaradó Collective Territory, (Chocó).

-La Madre Union Biodiversity Area, Collective Territory of La Larga Tumaradó, (Chocó).

-Camellian Humanitarian Zone, Collective Territory of Curbaradó, (Chocó).

– Pueblo Nuevo Humanitarian Zone, Collective Territory of Jiguamiandó, (Chocó).

– Association of victims of Inzá,” sowers of peace”, (Cauca)

-Costa Azul Humanitarian Zone, Curbaradó Collective Territory, (Chocó).

-Humanitarian Zone Andalucia, Collective Territory of Curbaradó, (Chocó).

-Association of Women Displaced from Meta, ASOMUDEM.

-Association of Women Victims United for Peace, (AMVUPAZ), La Uribe, and (Meta).

-Association of victims of the conflict united by peace, distance, (Meta).

-Civil Community of Life and Peace – CIVIPAZ, El Castillo, (Meta).

-Network of Women of Vistahermosa, (Meta).

– Indigenous reservation, resguardo Naexal Lajt of the people

– Corporation peasant Women of Nariño, (Comucan)

-Network of Women sidewalk vereda la Y, Puerto Rico, (Meta).

– Network water defense life and territory (Cauca)

– Group of victims from the south of Huila

– Families Community Councils Tumaco, Nariño.

-Aguirre family, victim of massacre of Rivera councillors, (Huila).

The signatures continue…

Antioquia, Cauca, Chocó, Dever, Meta, Putumayo, Valle del Cauca