REPRESALIAS CONTRA EL MOVIMIENTO SOCIAL - DETENCION DE HUBER BALLESTEROS

Hoy Domingo 25 de Agosto de 2013, en la ciudad de Bogota, Capital de la Rep煤blica de Colombia, fue detenido el dirigente agrario y sindical Huber Ballesteros, vicepresidente del comit茅 ejecutivo de FENSUAGRO, del ejecutivo nacional de la CUT y miembro de la Junta Patri贸tica Nacional de Marcha Patri贸tica; adem谩s uno de los 10 voceros nacionales de Mesa Nacional Agropecuaria y Popular de Interlocuci贸n y Acuerdo -MIA Nacional-

La detenci贸n de Ballesteros se da Justo cuando el presidente Juan Manuel Santos desconoce a nivel nacional la fuerza y contundencia del paro agrario y popular afirmando que: 鈥淓l tal paro agrario nacional no existe鈥.

Se帽alamos que estas detenci贸n no es m谩s que una manera de tratar de desmoralizar y quitarle fuerza al movimiento Agrario y Popular, todo lo contrario rechazamos y afirmamos que mantendremos la lucha por la defensa de la tierra y el territorio como lo ha estado haciendo hasta ahora el dirigente agrario Huber Ballesteros.

驴Quien es Huber Ballesteros?

Proviene de una familia cafetera en el departamento de Caldas, su pap谩 fue integrante de la Anuc en los a帽os 70 de la cual recibi贸 la influencia por las luchas agrarias. Se vincula al movimiento campesino en el departamento del Caquet谩 en el a帽o de 1986, de donde luego llega al departamento del Cauca donde comienza a destacarse como l铆der agrario ocupando cargos de direcci贸n en el sindicato de peque帽os agricultores, sindicato que aun hoy hace parte del movimiento campesino y ha venido levantado las luchas por la reforma agraria, por la tenencia de la tierra, por la defensa del territorio, por una pol铆tica de sustituci贸n de los cultivos, distinta a la erradicaci贸n forzada y a la pol铆tica antidrogas del gobierno.

Llega a la junta nacional de FENSUAGRO en el a帽o de 1994 y a帽os despu茅s llega al comit茅 ejecutivo de FENSUAGRO como secretario de organizaci贸n, luego a ra铆z de la muerte de V铆ctor Julio Garz贸n, en su remplazo es nombrado como secretario general, actualmente Hubert ballesteros ocupa el cargo como vicepresidente de FENSUAGRO y es el responsable de relaciones internacionales de la federaci贸n.

Llamamos a la solidaridad de todo el Movimiento Agrario y Popular de Colombia a rechazar la detenci贸n y represalias contra el dirigente agrario y sindical Huber Ballesteros.

Exigimos libertad inmediata del dirigente campesino y sindical Huber Ballesteros.

Comunicado de Marcha Patri贸tica Magdalena Medio.

La Lucha social no es un delito, es un paso hacia la Libertad...

PRESXS POL脥TICXS A LA CALLE !!!
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Seven minimum proposals to encourage political and social participation in cities

In developing the proposals for "political participation for real democratization, peace with social justice and national reconciliation", we present the following set of initiatives for the encouragement of social and political participation in cities: Read more


INSPP STATEMENT - RED INSPP COMUNICADO

A peace based on the continuation of personal and/or class privilege and benefits or in favour of the national and multinational corporations, is not a real peace. A durable peace, with social justice, requires commitment and political will from the parties sitting at the Peace talks table, as well as the decisive participation of the people of Colombia. READ MORE:

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Una paz basada en la perpetuaci贸n de los privilegios y prebendas personales y/o de clase, o de las corporaciones nacionales o multinacionales no es una paz real. La Paz duradera con justicia social requiere del compromiso y la voluntad pol铆tica de las partes en la mesa de dialogos de paz junto con la decidida participaci贸n del pueblo colombiano. LEER MAS:
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Ten minimum proposals

Havana, Cuba, Site for the peace talks, July 29, 2013

Political participation for real democratization,

peace with social justice and national reconciliation

Ten minimum proposals for full guarantees of the exercise of

political and social opposition and the right to govern

In developing the proposals for political participation for real democratization, peace with social justice and national reconciliation, we present the following set of initiatives corresponding to the second point concerning full Guarantees for the exercise of political and social opposition and the right to govern:

1. The issuing of the Statute of political and social opposition.

2. Special recognition of political and social opposition and the right to govern.

3. Full guarantees for the exercise of political and social opposition.

4. Special State funding of political parties and political and social movements.

5. An electoral threshold and other rights of the opposition.

6. Participation of the political opposition in the National Electoral Council.

7. Extraordinary Measures for the participation of excluded social sectors and minorities.

8. A state institutional guarantor for the right to political and social opposition and military doctrine.

9. Effective commitment by the State to the eradication and banning of all paramilitarism and every illegal practice of counterinsurgency.

10. Comprehensive reparation measures for the genocide against the Uni贸n Patri贸tica (Patriotic Union) and the extermination of other opposition forces.

2.1. Issuing of the Statute of political and social opposition

In response, among others, to the political right to participate in the establishment, exercise and control of political power, the right to form parties, political movements and political groupings without limitation, to join them and circulate their ideas and programs, freedom of expression and dissent, political pluralism and tolerance, to social and popular political action through protest and mobilisation, the need for a political culture for the peaceful resolution of disputes and the obligation on the State to ensure deliberative and public political dialogue with their opponents, the Statute of political and social opposition will be issued. The institutional organization of the right to political and social opposition, as well as their recognition and guarantees, are a pillar of the democratic organization of society and the State, its political and representational system and of the peaceful process for political and social conflict.

2.2. Special recognition of political and social opposition and the right to govern

With the understanding that the exercise of politics is not limited to participation in the political and electoral system, in addition to the forms of opposition political parties and the political and social movements, all those pertaining to the action of social and popular movements will be recognised, in accordance with all their forms of mobilization and platforms for struggle. Opposition is understood to be every action of dissent, criticism and oversight of policies, plans, programs and government projects, and the administration and management of government, exercised through the political system and by representation, or by protest, mobilization and direct social and popular action. The exercise of opposition is deemed to be a fundamental political right, which will take place freely and with full guarantees; it implies the possibility of raising different political alternatives to the incumbent governments and demanding of these the redefining and reorienting their policies. The institutional organization of the right to political and social opposition presumes the distinction between forms of political opposition exercised within the political and representative system and the forms of opposition exerted outside it. Political parties and political and social movements who want to formally declare opposition will be recorded as such in the National Electoral Council. The formal condition of opposition involves effective guarantees for the exercise of the right to opposition. Other mechanisms will be enabled, with the same guarantees, to give institutional recognition to other forms of political and social opposition. The right to political and social opposition is exercised at all levels of territorial organization without prejudice to the right to social and political participation. The right to political and social opposition includes the right to govern.

2.3. Full guarantees for the exercise of political and social opposition

In addition to the corresponding security guarantees, the right to political and social opposition includes, among others, the right to free and timely access to official information, access to State media or those that make use of the electromagnetic spectrum, the right to a reply and the obligation to rectify, and the definition of mechanisms for monitoring the effective enjoyment of this right. There will be the right of reply when the President of the Republic or members of the National Government make statements that undermine the good name of the parties or political and social movements of the opposition, or the dignity of their leaders, and the same if they have been disclosed in social media, which use the electromagnetic spectrum. Political parties and political and social movements represented in parliament that are formally declared in opposition, must have their effective participation in shaping boards and committees of Congress recognized and have the last word before the conclusion of debates of Congress, participation in the monitoring and control of electoral processes, prior consultation in the event of national political issues such as foreign affairs, national defense and security or the administration of justice.

2.4. Special State funding of political parties and political and social movements

Without prejudice to the mechanisms of state funding of political parties and political and social movements, with a view to ensuring the effective enjoyment of the real, material right to political and social opposition, there will be additional state funding. Such funding has the function of providing conditions for qualifying the exercise of opposition activity through the analysis and research of official information and of plans and policies. Additional resources to be provided are to be equivalent to ten percent of total public resources allocated to the funding of political parties and political and social movements.

2.5. Electoral threshold and other rights of the opposition

In order to effectively guarantee the rights of the opposition and political minorities, the recognition of the legal status of political parties and political and social movements who opt to engage in politics within the political and representative system, shall not be subject to the achievement of a given electoral threshold. For the purposes of recognizing the relevant personality, it will suffice to register the political program and statutes of their respective collective entity. Other rights of the opposition and minorities will be recognised: the opposition will have a seat on the Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs, a representative on the Board of the Bank of the Republic, the candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, Governor, District and Municipal Mayor for the Party, political and social movement, declared in opposition who continue to be voted in by the electoral organization that declared them elected for those responsibilities, will occupy a seat in the Senate, Territorial House, the Assembly, District Council and Council Municipal, respectively, during the period for which it was the appropriate election.

2.6. Participation of the political opposition in the National Electoral Council

Notwithstanding the procedure of election of the members of the National Electoral Council, within its composition the participation of representatives of political and social opposition will be ensured. To this end, it will be assigned a fixed number of the members who make up the corporation.

2.7. Extraordinary measures for participation of excluded and minority social sectors

Qualification for the right to political and social opposition must be accompanied by recognition and respect for the political rights of excluded social sectors and minorities. The opposition activities of peasant, indigenous and African descent, as well as women, youth and the LGBTI community will be respected, recognized and have guarantees provided for them. A special fund to meet its funding requirements will be created. It will comply with the terms of the Copenhagen Convention of December 18, 1979 and the quota law, and will expand the participation of women and youth in senior posts such as politicians, decision makers and in state management.

2.8. A state institutional guarantor for the right to political and social opposition and military doctrine

Relevant state institutions will be organized to ensure in an effective, real and material manner the right to political and social opposition. The establishment of such institutions will include the enactment of special legislation including criminal policy for the prohibition of patronage, corrupt, criminal and mafia practices that permeate the political and representative system, the electoral system, and the various public authorities, eroding their credibility and transparency and generating powers supported by the buying votes and the exercise of violence. In particular, they will provide guarantees against the stigmatization and criminalization of social and political opposition, as well as individual and collective security guarantees for political parties and political and social movements formally declared in opposition as well as for the mobilization and direct social, popular action, its leaders and participants.

The State security policy and military and police doctrine will be reformulated to remove the contents of the "cold war", expressed by, among other things, surveillance and illegal wiretaps and the concept of the persecution of and fight against the "internal enemy". Instead, they will promote a new political culture in all public officials to recognize and respect the opposition and its rights, with the aim of the peaceful regulation of political and social conflicts.

2.9. Effective government commitment to the eradication and banning of all paramilitarism and every illegal practice of counterinsurgency

The national government will be committed to the effective dismantling and the real and material proscription of the paramilitaries' structures and any illegal counterinsurgency practices that prevent the free exercise of the rights of the political and social opposition. By 鈥減aramilitary structure鈥 it is meant a complex criminal organization with counterinsurgency functions, defined in the broadest sense, conceived within the practices of State terrorism, military and police forces, sponsored and/or funded by public officials, economic groups, transnational corporations, landlords and landowners, drug dealers and gangsters aimed at obtaining political, economic and territorial power by the use of violence and physical extermination against political opponents, political parties, social movements, their members and sympathizers or against forms of opposition expressed at protests, social and popular direct action mobilizations, their leaders and participants, including the indiscriminate use of violence against the population. In addition to the enactment of a policy aimed specifically for that purpose and the cleansing of public authorities permeated by those offending forces, a Commission for Historical Truth will be formed to clarify their crimes; it will be attended by representatives of the political and social opposition and the movement of the victims. The said Commission shall perform additional monitoring functions of government policy in this area and ensure violations are not repeated.

2.10. Comprehensive reparation measures for the genocide against the Uni贸n Patri贸tica (Patriotic Union) and the extermination of other opposition forces

The Commission for Historical Truth into State terrorism will have as one of its specific functions the clarification of the genocide against the Uni贸n Patri贸tica, the crimes against their members and supporters, the extermination of other opposition political forces and the forced disappearance or assassination of militants, sympathizers and leaders of protests and social and popular mobilizations. It shall repair and provide comprehensive guarantees of non-repetition. In the case of the Uni贸n Patri贸tica, compensation also includes, through the enactment of a special law, the express and specific recognition of state responsibility to the public and to international community opinion, and the return of their seats attained at the height of greatest representation at all legislative levels. All of this will take place in a ceremony of public recognition, with extensive coverage in the media. The State must also undertake the reconstruction of its historical memory.

PEACE DELEGATION OF THE FARC-EP


EN EL PAPEL DE ABOGADO DEL DIABLO

Por: Juli谩n Cortes

Esta vez voy a hacer el papel de abogado del diablo.

A prop贸sito del caso del joven Salamanca quien mat贸 a dos j贸venes y dej贸 gravemente herido al conductor de un taxi por conducir en estado de embriaguez, y al cual la jueza dej贸 en libertad con el argumento de que no representa un peligro para la sociedad y de que no es necesario para esclarecer los hechos que permanezca recluido en una c谩rcel como medida preventiva. Debo decir que la jueza tiene toda la raz贸n, pues el c贸digo penal prev茅 este mecanismo, entre otros, como la vigilancia electr贸nica y la prisi贸n domiciliaria. El problema real desde mi punto de vista es que los jueces colombianos no aplican el mismo rasero para medir y juzgar a todos los presuntos infractores de la ley, de la misma manera con que trata a quienes tienen medios econ贸micos para pagar un buen abogado o, en el peor de los casos, para pasarle fajos de dinero por debajo de su escritorio. LEER MAS:

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