Forum: The Struggle for Social Justice in Colombia

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Date/Time
Date(s) - July 22, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church

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Community Forum
 
“False Positives” and the Mothers of Soacha:
the struggle for justice and human rights in Colombia
 

Special guest: Fernando Campos, Colombian human rights activist

 
Young men were lured from their homes in Soacha with the promise of work, taken to the mountains and executed by members of the Colombian army. They were then dressed as guerrillas and reported as evidence of the government’s successful campaign against the oppositional forces in the country. They are among those known as ‘false positives.’
 
Such cases of extra-judicial executions in Colombia have been documented since the 1990s, and they continue to occur despite official state claims to the contrary. The mothers of Soacha and many other family members of these ‘false positives’ have been speaking out at great risk, calling for justice and human rights. They want reparations for the families of the victims, and no impunity for those responsible for these crimes against humanity.
 
 
Fernando Campos has been active in this campaign for justice and human rights for many years. He will present his experiences in this work, and suggest ways that we can support this ongoing struggle for justice.
 
 
Monday, July 22, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 pm
GCBC, 1803 East 1st Ave

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory

 
Hosted by Streams of Justice and Kinbrace House

 

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