The threat of extinction faced by indigenous communities in Colombia

According to international reports, Colombian indigenous communities are too often the forgotten victims of the conflict between the local government and armed groups, creating an imminent risk of extinction of these communities in Colombia. At least 27 indigenous groups are at risk of extinction according to the Constitutional Court of Colombia. The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, ONIC, has stated that 18 groups are at acute risk of extinction. This danger was also reported by the United Nations, in particular through the Special Rapporteur on human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people.

The GPG organized an event around this enormously important issue, on February 5th, 2014. This discussion was held with members of the parliament and the following personalities:

  • Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty Canada
  • Maria Patricia Tobon Yagari, lawyer who testified on behalf of the ONIC
  • Federico Guzmán Duque, Colombian Deputy Justice and expert on indigenous rights, formerly with the Constitutional Court of Colombia.