In the period 1996-2006, the coal-rich Colombian department of Cesar was systematically terrorized by paramilitary violence. Hundreds of people disappeared, thousands were killed and tens of thousands displaced. To this day the area remains very unsafe for community leaders and social activists.
PAX has conducted research into the history of paramilitary violence and established that there is a coincidence between the arrival of extractive multinationals and rise of paramilitary presence in the region. Furthermore the mining companies have not helped to prevent the violence from occurring, while they have profited from the consequences, among others through the purchase of land that originally belonged to displaced farmers.
PAX is committed to gaining recognition for the victims in the region, helping them to fight for a just solution to their situation - processes to which mining companies can make an important contribution - and demands security guarantees for the people in the region. These are the goals of the Stop Blood Coal campaign.
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