Opposition to Plan Colombia and Plan Patriota

8 August 2004

The 28th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 2–8 August 2004 in Gothenburg, Sweden

  1. WHEREAS Colombia has been involved in a bloody conflict for the last 40 years or more, caused by the highly unequal distribution of wealth, and an exclusionary elite; and
  2. WHEREAS women, together with children in Colombia have borne a great part of the burden of this conflict and many have suffered greatly; and
  3. WHEREAS grass-roots community organizations have raised their voices against the violence, which has been exacerbated by the militaristic approach of the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez and the United States Government, in a scheme known formerly as Plan Colombia and now as Plan Patriota; and
  4. WHEREAS these government policies seek to implement globalization in Colombia to the great prejudice of Colombia’s people and institutions; and
  5. WHEREAS the Colombia government has undertaken to negotiate for peace with the illegal paramilitary groups and their commanders, often linked to the Colombian armed forces, who are responsible for more murders of innocent men, women and children than any other armed group in Colombia; and
  6. WHEREAS the Colombia government has recklessly engaged in chemical spraying in the Amazon rainforest area, causing injury to peasants and indigenous peoples and destroying their food crops, while threatening irreversible damage to the Amazon rainforest, heritage of mankind:
  7. Now, therefore the 28th International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom resolves as follows:

  1. To declare support for the non-violent resistance to the Colombian government’s militaristic policies by grass-roots community organizations;
  2. To oppose Plan Colombia and Plan Patriota and their implementation by the Colombian government;
  3. To oppose amnesty for paramilitary forces without sanctions for their crimes and compensation for their victims;
  4. To oppose fumigation of the Amazon rainforest and of peasant and indigenous peoples’ crops throughout Colombia;
  5. To support and encourage LIMPAL Colombia in its opposition to the repressive, militaristic measures of the Uribe administration and in its support for grass-roots organizations pursuing peace and economic justice.