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Fundepaz - Foundation on Development and Peace

fundepazLocation : Pasto

Creation : 1999

Local issues : The internet conflict that has ravaged Colombia for more than fifty years has left countless victims, disappeared or displaced. In the Narino state, located in the southwest of Colombia near the Equatorial border, drug dealers, guerilla and different right-wing paramilitary groups engage in a merciless war for the control of the territory, especially the areas where coke is produced. The civil population is the first victim of violence and can barely make their rights acknowledged by the local autrhoritie.

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SEMBRAR

sembrarLocation : Bogota

Creation : 1990

Local issues : The rural population is the first victim of political violence and violations of economic, cultural and social rights in Colombia. Certain actions by the multinationals established in the country seriously jeopardise the rights and the security of rural communities.

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CODECA - Committee on Farming Development

CODECA logoLocation : Mazatenango

Creation : 1992

Local issues : Discrimination at work and corruption are major problems in the country and are a direct threat to human rights. The management of electricity distribution by private companies who charge for their services prices that humble families cannot afford is an example of that unfairness at play. The CODECA members have to face serious repression due to their involvement. Since the foundation of CODECA, many of its members have been assassinated by the militia, in all likelihood at the instigation of large landowners. In 2014, the president of the association and two other members of the Administrative Council were arrested on the sidelines of a protest organized by CODECA against the multinational company ENERGUATE in charge of the electricity network. The leaders of CODECA have been detained for several months.

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CLDH - Libanese Center for Human Rights

cldhLocation : Beyrouth

Creation : 2006

Local issues : Lebanon is facing an extremely difficult sociopolitical and economic situation. Hindered by external factors, including the Syrian conflict, the country faces a long political crisis. With a population of 4 million, the country must face a challenge with more than one million Syrian refugees, constituting one quarter of its total population. Other than a unstable conditions, the country is faced with recurrent problems. The issue of torture remains particularly significant. While Lebanon has ratified the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as well as its optional Protocol, the UN Committee against Torture has found, following a visit in October 2014, that it remained a ‘largely widespread practice’.

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CLDH

In Lebanon, the situation in prisons is a matter of concern. In 2016, the Lebanese authorities indicated before the UN Committee against Torture that their rate of prison overcrowding was 300%.

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Proud Lebanon

ProudLebanon logoLocation : Beyrouth

Creation : 2013

Local issues : The Lebanese legislation is particularly ambiguous on homosexuality. Article 534 of the Penal Code with a one-year imprisonment any relations ‘contradicting the laws of nature’ is often used to hinder any claims on sexual and physical rights. Marginalised, LGBTI people are often prosecuted or victims of arbitrary detentions. Outside Beyrouth, they are subjected to greater discrimination, where the lack of suitable measures increases the vulnerability and the risks. This observation is particularly relevant for LGBTI refugees who face arbitrariness from Lebanese authorities (Lebanon hosts more than one million two hundred thousand Syrian refugees).

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