The Campaign “For Sovereignty, No to Extradition”

Extradition in Colombia is a political tool, as absurd as the external debt, which, far from promoting justice, actually impedes its efficient implementation. The argument that operational capacity is lacking facilitates “cooperation” agreements for delivering Colombian citizens to courts beyond national borders, at high political cost. This supposed “cooperation” most of the time is a unilaterally-imposed agreement that endangers the peoples’ sovereignty just as it imposes a commercialized justice that strengthens neither democracy, the defense of human rights, nor the building of peace.

According to the Justice Ministry, the Colombian State since 2002 has handed over at least 2,104 persons for extradition. The United States is the country having the most petitions [for extradition] approved; 1,748 Colombians have been processed there, among them, narco-traffickers, paramilitaries, guerrillas, and regular citizens, each one having been extradited in a different way. That’s why it’s no exaggeration to say that extradition is a weapon for carrying out politics: power is applied, guarantees are agreed to, others are denied, the truth is hidden, and the opposition is persecuted. Far from being a neutral, reciprocal mechanism, useful in serving justice and human rights, the reality of extradition in Colombian serves to consolidate a political project that disregards principles of sovereignty and self-determination of peoples, especially because some of the people extradited have been subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

While 93 percent of extradited Colombians are those sought by the U. S. government, the opposite number is less than five. These statistics point to a distorted picture. It’s enough only to review the role the U.S. government has played in Colombia’s armed conflict to ask if we don’t have more legitimacy ourselves in judging crimes that U.S. citizens commit here in the national territory. That’s true particularly because that government’s own security and intelligence agencies were in charge of them.

During recent years judicial “errors” committed by U.S. courts against innocent Colombians have come to light, and also that sectors of our own country were complicit. Among other things, the victims had to survive injustices emanating from the prison and incarceration model of each requesting county [– primarily the United States.]

Beyond this, cases have surfaced of big narco-traffickers having gained freedom in six years or less. Many of them worked with paramilitaries and were responsible for murder and plunder of thousands of people. Likewise some of these narco-paramilitary people have been convicted without the Colombian justice system having gone along with their judicial processes. Thus the right of victims and the country to know the truth about events with serious implications for society has been violated. Extradition is synonymous with impunity. It has failed in bringing down national and international structures associated with crime.

For this reason we call upon all Colombians, prisoners’ families and friends, the international community, human rights organizations, political prisoner collectives, and social movements to join forces in the campaign “For Sovereignty, No to Extradition” that defends human rights, democracy, and peace. Its object is:

To reject and denounce the use of extradition as a violation of our sovereignty.

To defend processes of peace between the government and the insurgencies and promote peace through the building of democracy.

To show the grave prison and judicial situation extradited persons have to endure by order of the Colombian state.

To demand the suspension and definitive cessation of the constant flow of compatriots being extradited and demand repatriation of those already extradited.

To promote legislative reforms that end extraditions, as a contribution to creating alternative criminal adjudication policies under the paradigm of a restorative justice.

Sovereignty of the peoples is no empty concept. Rather it’s a scenario of ongoing political struggle both inside and outside the country. It’s a necessary condition for peace with social justice and for the right of free self-determination of the peoples. No to extradition!

Campaign “For Sovereignty, No to Extradition”

Called by: Sinaltrainal; Foundation Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners -FCSPP; Workers’ Trade Union –USO; Sintraunal; Congress of the Peoples; Network of Brotherhood and Solidarity with Colombia –REDHER; National Agrarian Coordination–CNA; Solidarity Legal Corporation; Ecclesiastical Commission for Justice and Peace; Sovereignty and Liberty Campaign, No to extradition; Eduardo Umaña Mendoza Legal Brigade Foundation; Power and Popular Unity -PUP; Peoples’ Legal Team; Santander Environmental Congress -CASA AGUAYA; The Cesar Workers and Peasants Movement –MTCC; City in Motion; Acadehum Santander; Cúcuta Association of Prisoners’ Families and Friends ASOFAMINTERCCUC;  Javier Alberto Barriga Vergel Foundation for the Promotion of Social Justice; People’s Political and Social Movement of the Masses – East Center; Families and Friends of Prisoners of the Northeast; COSPACC; Joel Sierra Foundation; PUP Santander; Territorial Foundation for a Worthy Life; ASOINCA; CUT Human Rights Team for Humanitarian and Prison Assistance of Santander; Arauca CUT; ASONALCA; ASCATIDAR; CDP; REDHC; International Network of Solidarity with Colombian Political Prisoners – INSPP; Working Group for Prison Dissolution (“Ruptura”); Free and Open Teaching about the New Inquisition; Colombia Solidarity Foundation; Association of Ex-Prisoners and Disappeared (AEDD - Argentina); Libertarian Left (Chile); Komitek Internacional of the Basque Country; “José Antonio Galán” Political Prisoners Collective of Palogordo; Camilo Torres Restrepo National Prison Movement; Orlando Quintero Páez Political Prisoners Collective - Picota-Bogotá; Political Prisoners and Politically-Detained of the Cúcuta Prison Complex; Policarpa Salavarieta Political Prisoner Collective of the Women’s Prison of Chimitá – Bucaramanga; ANTHOC Cauca; Nasa Yak Corporation of Cauca; Phoenix of the Sun Corporation "CORFESOL"; Communications Group – the Lens; The Rearguard of the National Network of Alternative Media of Argentina

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Marzo 10 del 2015, ERON picota Bogotá


Director general del INPEC



Cordial saludo.

El día de ayer hubieron altercados en el patio 8 de la cárcel de ERON Picota con los prisioneros políticos y de guerra que conviven allí; es de recordar que en ese patio habitan toda clase de reclusos; al pasar estos hechos todos los prisioneros políticos y de guerra de ese patio toman la decisión de salirse del patio por problemas de convivencia.

De acuerdo a estos hechos y por sucesos que vienen pasando en esta cárcel, todo por tener revueltos a presos políticos, delincuentes, paramilitares entre otros, de allí que peticionamos.


1) Que se llame de manera urgente a los voceros de los prisioneros polĂ­ticos.

Jhonier Andrés Martínez Gutiérrez

TD 80776 patio 5.

Neil Rusel Garay

TD 63616 patio 15.

Jose Alexander Hormaza CalderĂłn

TD 67267 patio 8.

Jhon Jairo Marulanda

TD 80837 patio 8

Orlando Alveiro Traslaviña

TD47139 patio 14

Jhon Jairo Vanegas

TD76739 patio 10

2) Que en cumplimiento de la ley, se asigne YA, un pabellĂłn para albergar prisioneros polĂ­ticos y de guerra.

Agradecemos desde ya a las organizaciones de DD-HH que defienden a presos polĂ­ticos para que en lo posible tocar todas las puertas para que el INPEC cumpla con la ley y ubique a todos los presos polĂ­ticos y de guerra en un solo pabellĂłn por motivos de convivencia entre otros.


Prisioneros PolĂ­ticos Y De Guerra De Las FARC-EP ERON Picota


 La BRIGADA JURÍDICA EDUARDO UMAÑA MENDOZA y la RED INTERNACIONAL DE SOLIDARIDAD CON LAS PRISIONERAS Y PRISIONEROS POLITICOS – INSPP y la CATEDRA LIBRE Y ABIERTA CONTRA LA NUEVA INQUISICION, hace un invitación a todas las organizaciones de Derechos Humanos para que este próximo 27 de marzo de 2015 a las 9 am acompañemos a las y los estudiantes : ERIKA AGUIRRE, XIOMARA TORRES JIMENEZ, DIEGO ALEJANDRO ORTEGA RAMÍREZ, JAIME ALEXIS BUENO CASTRO, CRISTIAN DAVID LEYVA GUTIERREZ y el profesor CARLO ALEXANDER CARRILLO quienes se encuentran privados de la libertad víctimas de un FALSO POSITIVO JUDICIAL, en el proceso más conocido como el“caso Lebrija”.

En esta audiencia se definirán puntos importantes que demuestran que el oficial de la policía CUPER DIOMEDES DIAZ, autor intelectual y material del montaje judicial.

En ese sentido es muy importante el acompañamiento de la Comunidad Estudiantil Universitaria, de sus organizaciones y profesores para denunciar cómo los organismos de inteligencia infiltran la Universidad para destruir el tejido social e iniciar las acciones constituciones y legales contra CUPER DIOMEDES DIAZ como responsable de la muerte de varios estudiantes en casos similares.

Finalmente reclamamos la pronta libertad de los compañeros del caso Lebrija y su reintegro inmediato a su actividad académica con todas las garantías para su integridad física y la vida.

Esperamos contar con su solidaria presencia.

Callar es otra forma de morir,

Olvidar es otra forma de matar,

¡El Silencio NO es alternativa!