Civil Society activists call for Humanitarian Agreement in Chocó

Civil society activists and ethnic-territorial and social organisations in Chocó have put forward a proposed humanitarian agreement directed at the national Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) following continued human rights violations.

Following the departure of the FARC-EP from Chocó territories, the dynamics of the conflict between the illegal armed groups, paramilitary successors, FARC dissidents and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have changed, due to increased dispute for territorial control. With a lack of effective State presence in the region, confrontations continue to cause breaches of International Humanitarian Law, violation of women’s rights, and the illegal use of land for the exploitation of natural resources.

The agreement calls for guarantees of human rights and International Humanitarian Law to be upheld, and for territorial autonomy and the respect of autonomous forms of governance within Chocó territories.

Download the Spanish and English agreements here: