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, PortugalCelso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, BrazilSami Awad, activist, Holy Land Trust, PalestineMichel Bachmann, social entrepreneur, former director of HUB Global, SwitzerlandTroy Carter, entrepreneur, USANoam Chomsky, linguist, activist, author, USAGigi Coyle, Council trainer, community facilitator, USAGloria Cuartas, political activist, ex-senator, ColombiaEide Dücker, community activist, entrepreneur, GermanyDr Scilla Elworthy, Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct, Rising Women Rising World, World Future Council, UKJustine Epstein, activist, philanthropist, USAGustavo Esteva, founder of the Universidad de la Tierra, MexicoJim Garrison, founder of the State of the World Forum, founder and president of Ubiquity University, USALuis Isarra Delgado, water activist, FENTAP, PeruVera Kleinhammes, coordinator of the Global Campus, PortugalJürgen Kleinwächter, physicist and inventor, GermanyMichal Kravcik, water conservationist, SlovakiaAlnoor Ladha, activist, author and executive director of The Rules, South AfricaRabbi Michael Lerner, activist, editor of Tikkun Magazine, Network of Spiritual Progressives, USASabine Lichtenfels, co-founder of the Tamera peace research center, PortugalChris Lindstrom, artist, activist for complementary currency and alternative technology, USAIan MacKenzie, filmmaker, CanadaJavier Márquez Valderrama, water activist, Corporación Ecológica y Cultural Penca de Sábila, ColombiaBenjamin von Mendelssohn, director of The Grace Foundation, PortugalGabriel Meyer, peace activist and musician, Israel/ArgentinaTara Milliken, activist, philanthropist, USALynn Murphy, advisor for philanthropic and international organizations, movement educator, USADaniel Pinchbeck, author and journalist, USAMarcela Olivera, activist, Latin America coordinator of Food & Water Watch, BoliviaOscar Olivera, water activist, Goldman Environmental Prize winner, BoliviaGeraldine Ovando, filmmaker, BoliviaDerek Razo, member of Enspiral, USAChelsea Robinson, member of Enspiral, New ZealandRoger Ross, entrepreneur, UKSunny Sangha, anthropologist, founder of World Fix, UKDara Silverman, Institute for Global Peace Work, PortugalDuarte Sobral, land-use planner, PortugalSteven Starr, filmmaker, USADavid Swanson, activist & founder of World Beyond War, USAGloria Tobón de Garza, water activist, MéxicoJohn Trautwein, filmmaker, USAArley Tuberquia, spokesperson of the Peace Community San José de Apartadó, ColombiaMartin Winiecki, coordinator of the Institute for Global Peace Work, PortugalMarc Winn, co-founder of the Dandelion Project, UK