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Afro-Colombian Activists Take to Geneva to Testify Before Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Kissyber Aramburo Vivas and Luz Marina Becerra sit for a photo at a table labeled "NGOs" just before they testify.
Kissyber Aramburo Vivas of PCN in Buenaventura (right), testified alongside Luz Marina Becerra of AFRODES at CERD in Geneva for the review of Colombia.

Afro-Colombian women took their demands for peace, justice and equality to the United Nations this week, as the Colombian Government faces questioning of its human rights record before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva.

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Kissyber Aramburo Vivas, of MADRE's Colombian partner organization, Proceso de Comunidades Negras, was among those who addressed the Committee. She is calling for full implementation of the racial and gender justice provisions of Colombia's 2016 peace accord, protection of Afro-descendant collective territorial rights, and for meaningful justice and services for Afro-descendant gender-based violence survivors.

MADRE and PCN submitted a report to the Committee, detailing discrimination and other human rights violations against Afro-descendant women in Colombia, in advance of the Committee's regular review, beginning today, of the Government's compliance with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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November 27, 2019