For Immediate Release
The U'wa Nation Continues Lawsuit Against Colombia at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
WASHINGTON - On Friday, the U'wa Association, the international NGO EarthRights International (ERI) and the Colombian human rights organization Cajar, presented allegations in the form of a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in favor of the U'Wa Nation. The brief alleges the international responsibility of the Colombian State for the human rights violations committed against the U'wa Nation and calls for reparation and the cessation of aggressions against the U’wa.
The Commission will take two decades of information into account when making a decision on the responsibility of the State for the violations of human rights against the U’wa.
“The brief is very important for the U’wa because it represents the struggle that we face in condemning the Colombian State for the violations it has been committing against us for years,” says Aura Tegria Christancho, and U’wa leader. “That is why we are requesting the adoption of the necessary measures to fully repair the enormous cultural, social, environmental, political and spiritual damage."
EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as "earth rights." We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.