Grant Colombian Peace Communities the Right to Exist and Thrive!
Urgent Call to All Negotiating Parties of the Havana Peace Talks

The following call was written by a group of international peace activists, who met in the Tamera Peace Research Center, in Portugal from May 14th to 17th, 2016 for the emergence of a World Council for the Healing Biotopes Plan, a global strategy for a future without war. We ask you to sign on to this message.

To President Santos, to the leaders of the FARC-Ep and ELN guerrilla, and to international observers and supporters!

We salute your efforts and your determination to put an end to the decades-long tragedy, known as the war between the Colombian government and FARC-Ep guerrilla.

At the same time, however, we call out to you to guarantee the rights of farmers, indigenous and Afro communities that have been establishing alternative ways of communitarian existence to live freely and peacefully on their lands. We are vigilantly following and supporting the Peace Community San José de Apartadó, as this project developed a vital example for peaceful coexistence and reconciliation in a climate of war. We consider the experience of San José de Apartadó and other peace communities to be crucial to the success of a reconciliation process in Colombia, turning the cessation of hostilities into sustainable social peace. The Havana peace deal must not create a pretext for the weakening of peace communities. This is why we urge you to include the rights of San José de Apartadó and similar peace communities to exist and live on their lands under the peace treaty for Colombia.

We are united in our efforts for peace, respecting diversity, weaving experiences and knowledge in respect for life, in all its manifestations. We are united by the decision to work on overcoming all forms of violence, on the basic right to live without fear, and on the mission of establishing models for a new culture of life around the world.

May peace and justice come to the communities of Colombia and to all of Latin America!

Monika Alleweldt, activist, editor, Meiga Books, Portugal
Celso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Brazil
Sami Awad, activist, Holy Land Trust, Palestine
Michel Bachmann, social entrepreneur, former director of HUB Global, Switzerland
Troy Carter, entrepreneur, USA
Noam Chomsky, linguist, activist, author, USA
Gigi Coyle, Council trainer, community facilitator, USA
Gloria Cuartas, political activist, ex-senator, Colombia
Eide Dücker, community activist, entrepreneur, Germany
Dr Scilla Elworthy, Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct, Rising Women Rising World, World Future Council, UK
Justine Epstein, activist, philanthropist, USA
Gustavo Esteva, founder of the Universidad de la Tierra, Mexico
Jim Garrison, founder of the State of the World Forum, founder and president of Ubiquity University, USA
Luis Isarra Delgado, water activist, FENTAP, Peru
Vera Kleinhammes, coordinator of the Global Campus, Portugal
Jürgen Kleinwächter, physicist and inventor, Germany
Michal Kravcik, water conservationist, Slovakia
Alnoor Ladha, activist, author and executive director of The Rules, South Africa
Rabbi Michael Lerner, activist, editor of Tikkun Magazine, Network of Spiritual Progressives, USA
Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founder of the Tamera peace research center, Portugal
Chris Lindstrom, artist, activist for complementary currency and alternative technology, USA
Ian MacKenzie, filmmaker, Canada
Javier Márquez Valderrama, water activist, Corporación Ecológica y Cultural Penca de Sábila, Colombia
Benjamin von Mendelssohn, director of The Grace Foundation, Portugal
Gabriel Meyer, peace activist and musician, Israel/Argentina
Tara Milliken, activist, philanthropist, USA
Lynn Murphy, advisor for philanthropic and international organizations, movement educator, USA
Daniel Pinchbeck, author and journalist, USA
Marcela Olivera, activist, Latin America coordinator of Food & Water Watch, Bolivia
Oscar Olivera, water activist, Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Bolivia
Geraldine Ovando, filmmaker, Bolivia
Derek Razo, member of Enspiral, USA
Chelsea Robinson, member of Enspiral, New Zealand
Roger Ross, entrepreneur, UK
Sunny Sangha, anthropologist, founder of World Fix, UK
Dara Silverman, Institute for Global Peace Work, Portugal
Duarte Sobral, land-use planner, Portugal
Steven Starr, filmmaker, USA
David Swanson, activist & founder of World Beyond War, USA
Gloria Tobón de Garza, water activist, México
John Trautwein, filmmaker, USA
Arley Tuberquia, spokesperson of the Peace Community San José de Apartadó, Colombia
Martin Winiecki, coordinator of the Institute for Global Peace Work, Portugal
Marc Winn, co-founder of the Dandelion Project, UK

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