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Report on the International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns held February, 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia

Javier Garate giving a Skype presentation to the conference from the WRI office in LondonJavier Garate giving a Skype presentation to the conference from the WRI office in LondonMany WRI friends and affiliates were involved in this conference, and here we reprint a report produced by American Quakers on the conference.

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Cristian Adolfo Charry Tengonó

Pays:
  • Colombie
Activist type:
  • objecteur/trice de conscience
Statut:
  • Declared objector


WRI makes submission to Colombia government on law proposal

War Resisters' International have submitted a statement to the Colombian government, as a law that will regulate rights to conscientious objection progresses through the Colombian parliament.

The submission will be input to the relevant parliamentary committee through ACOOC (Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia).

WRI encourages the Colombia government to meet international standards

War Resisters' International have made a submission to the Colombian government, as a law that will regulate the right to conscientious objection makes its way through the Colombia parliament.

The submission will be input to the relevant parliamentary committee through ACOOC (Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia).

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London, 14 February, 2013

Colombia: legal progress as the reality of daily violence continues

Andreas and Hannah from the Right to Refuse to Kill programme visited Colombia in November 2012 to meet new antimilitarist groups, reconnect with existing contacts, and to plan new ways in which WRI might provide useful forms of international accompaniment. Many of the groups we met are members of ANOOC - Asamblea Nacional de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia – a nationwide assembly of groups that work on conscientious objection.

Developments in Colombia

Andreas and Hannah from the Right to Refuse to Kill programme spent 15 days in Colombia in November. Our visit coincided with developments on the law proposal that regulates the right to conscientious objection, and creates compulsory substitute service. It will also create a National Committee of Conscientious Objection to Military Service (Comité Nacional de Objeción de Conciencia al Servicio Militar), which will have the authority to judge applications for conscientious objection.

Colombia: Progress on law on conscientious objection?

Following the discussion of a first draft law submitted by Senator Maritza Martinez of the "Partido de la U" - the party of ex-president Uribe - in the Colombian Senate earlier this year, with the result that all articles specific to conscientious objection to military service were lost in the processs, the same Senator is now proposing a reworked draft.

On militarisation in Colombia

The most recent manifestations of the conflict in Colombia date back to 1948, when the presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitán was assassinated, cutting off the possibility that socialist-leaning ideas might have a place of decision and power in the Colombian state.

Cancelled! International Conference: Wars in the Global South: Autonomy, Emancipation and Decolonisation Strategies

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