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Debat | dinsdag 04 jun 20:00 - 22:00

4 juni Informatieavond Colombia met Haarlemse Shelter City-gast Pedro Arenas


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Dinsdag 4 juni vindt in de Pletterij een informatie- avond plaats over Colombia en het vredesproces dat sinds 2,5 jaar daar plaats vindt. Aanleiding is het verblijf in Haarlem van de Colombiaanse mensenrechten activist Pedro Arenas in het kader van Shelter City. Op deze avond zullen verschillende specialisten van onder meer Amnesty International, CEDLA en TNI het woord voeren. De avond wordt geopend door wethouder Marie- Theresse Meijs.

Sinds 2017 is Haarlem een ‘Shelter City’ stad. Eenmaal per jaar wordt een mensenrechten activist voor 3 maanden uitgenodigd om op adem te komen, cursussen te volgen en nieuwe netwerken op te bouwen. Sinds 27 maart van dit jaar is de Colombiaanse activist Pedro Arenas in Haarlem. Pedro werkt in Colombia voor een organisatie, OCCDI Global, die duurzame landbouw ondersteunt waaronder het introduceren van alternatieven voor coca productie. Hij is burgemeester geweest en is zowel door paramilitairen als door de FARC guerrilla bedreigd.


Deze avond komt een aantal sprekers aan het woord:
–  Leroy Niekoop van Justice and Peace vertelt over het Shelter City programma.
–  Tatiana Roa van het CEDLA uit Amsterdam is gespecialiseerd in duurzame landbouw ontwikkelingen in Colombia.
–  Pien Metaal, Transnational Institute, is onderzoeker op het gebied van drugs en democratie.
–  Amnesty International zal ook aanwezig zijn.
– En tenslotte vertelt Pedro natuurlijk over zijn werk.

De avond wordt gemodereerd door Arno Duivestein, directeur van de Pletterij. De voertaal zal deels Engels zijn.

Meer informatie over Pedro Arenas

Pedro is a human rights defender from Colombia who works on issues of drug crop production, poverty and development. He is currently the Director of the Observatory on Growers and Crops Declared Illicit (OCCDI Global) in Colombia. OCCDI Global has led research and proposals on sustainable rural development, including voluntary substitution and human rights of communities. Pedro has accompanied peasant, indigenous and afro-descendant populations in the regions where prohibited plants are cultivated, and has denounced the diverse and continuous human rights violations that are generated by the action of the State, paramilitary groups and other illegal armed organizations in the rural areas of the country. As a researcher Pedro is associated with the Indepaz Institute. He is also a member of the Viso Mutop Corporation. Moreover, he writes as a guest columnist for the newspaper EL ESPECTADOR, the magazine SEMANA, verdad abierta, and

The government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an agreement in 2016 to conclude their 52-year armed conflict. Symbolically this agreement is significant however Human Rights Watch has commented that its justice component is weak as murderers of human rights defenders and indigenous peoples are rarely held accountable.1 Moreover, Colombia has seen large increases in the amount of coca being cultivated according to the UN and United States government in 2017.2 International law requires governments to prevent all cultivation of these crops not linked to medical and scientific use, however coca leaf production is the only means of income for some rural populations. Efforts to replace cultivation with other activities have been poor, and the current zero tolerance approach threatens small-holder farmers as they are pursued by police and military forces.3

Pedro has faced threats directly due to his work. His name was placed on the blacklist in the Guaviare region by paramilitary groups and he suffered attacks by guerrilla groups in 2009. He is constantly stigmatized for his work, to the point where he had to abandon his home on two separate occasions. Additionally the murder of social leaders and human rights defenders is increasing in the Cauca, Antioquia and Catatumbo regions, all sites where Pedro works with rural communities.

During his time in the Netherlands Pedro will lobby on human rights, crops substitution and drugs policy reform to relevant organisations and policymakers. He is also eager to learn about trade (cooperation) in the Netherlands and the agricultural system. Pedro also hopes to improve his English and take some necessary rest.




3 Ibid