Colombia – Urgent Action for Wayuu People
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Colombia – Urgent Action for Wayuu People

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November 26, 2007

The following message is a request for action in support of the Wayuu People in the Alta Guajira region of Colombia. For more information, please visit

Thanks to Ana for posting this on her blog


The displaced community of Bahìa Portete found in the Alta Guajira once again denounces the latest incursión of the paramilitary group CONTRAINSURGENCIA WAYUU under command of the alias “ PABLO ” into their ancestral territory that has once already been bathed in blood. This time the unfortunate victims of these mercenaries were: CHICHI EPINAYU of 35 years of age that was horrbily killed yesterday November 23 and JULIAN EPINAYU of 68 years of age who was kidnapped for who knows what purpose or if he is even dead or alive. After being subject to the tortures and brutalities that these murderers use to cause terror in our families and acheive their criminal objectives, MASPARRAY EPINAYU, was able to survive and is currently with serious condition due to bullet wounds from the firearms that these assassins used to victimize families of the EPINAYU and URIANA clans. The same clans that were massacred in the April 18th, 2004 massacre.

Once again we are reassured that the stories that are illustrated to us by the state´s authorities regarding our community´s right to return are very far away reality. This is because of the lack of guarantee from the state that our community will not be again victmized upon return to the lands that we should have never left.

There is nno denying the permenant prescence of these “paracos” (paramilitaries) who now go by “AGUILAS NEGRAS“ and continue plundering with out their primary sponser , THE STATE, be affected at all. According to authorities, there are no more paramilitaries in the Alta Guajira or in Colombia. What will be said this time too justify these crimes against humanity that wound our people with great pain and helplessness? Perhaps that we are kidnappers and theives the way the mercenary JORGE 40 freely said on November 8th, 2007 in Barranquilla or this time again that we wer targetted.

“Today there is no paramilitarism – Pres. Uribe. El tiempo. Saturday, July 21st, 2007.

We urge for a comission of the following to go to the area:
Defensoria del pueblo.
Fiscalia General de la Nación.
Procuraduría General de la Nación.

Please direct urgent actions and letters of solidarity to:

Presidencia de la República Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez,Cra. 8 No..7-26,
Palacio de Nariño,
Santa fe de Bogotá.Fax: (+57 1) 566.20.71


Vicepresidencia de la República
Dr. Francisco Santos
Vicepresidencia de la República

Presidencia ECOPETROL S.A.
Dr. Javier Gutierrez Pemberthy

Programa Presidencial de Derechos Humanos y de Derecho Internacional Humanitario.
Dr. Carlos Franco
Calle 7 N° 5-54
TEL: (+571) 336.03.11
FAX: (+57 1) 337.46.67
E- mail:

Comisión Interamericana de Derechos

Representante Permanente de la OIT en Colombia
Dr. Marcelo Castro Fox
Dirección: Av. 82. No. 12-18 Oficina: 504.Teléfono: 623 75 86.Bogotá D.C.

Procuraduría General de la Nación

Dr. Edgardo José Maya VillazónCarrera 5 No. 15-80Santa Fe de Bogotá.

Fax: (+57 1)342.97.23


Fiscalía General de la Nación

Dr. Mario Iguarán Diagonal 22 B No.52-01Santa fe de Bogotá.

Fax: (+571) 570 20 00


Unidad de Derechos Humanos y de Derecho Internacional Humanitaria

E – mail:

Defensoría del PuebloDr. Volmar Antonio Pérez Ortiz.Calle 55 No. 10-32 Santa Fe de Bogotá. Fax: (+571) 640 04 91

Organización Wayuu Munsurat
Dirigente Wayúu – Guajira – Colombia.

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