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.
In July 2014, after years of research, PAX published the report ‘The Dark Side of Coal’, in which perpetrators and witnesses state that coal mining companies Drummond and Prodeco collaborated with the paramilitaries in the region. They allegedly provided financial and material support and exchanged strategic information. Until now the companies deny the allegations.
PAX wants to attain recognition and remedy for the Colombian victims, and to prevent that violence erupts again in the mining region. Those are the goals of the Stop Blood Coal campaign.
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