Indigenous Wayuu who claimed for child protection denounced death threats

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Source http://www.noticiasrcn.com/ / The Dawn / December 30, 2015. Due to alleged threats, the man who asked the Commission to protect child victims of malnutrition in La Guajira was unable to attend a meeting with the government.

One of the leaders of the Wayuu indigenous community who requested provisional measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to protect child victims of malnutrition denounced threats against him.

“As head of the association and petitioner of precautionary measures, i’m the one who has received most of the threats. But there are also 25 traditional wayuu authorities threatened”, said Javier Rojas.

The indigenous leader also said that the government failed to comply with orders of the Commission, which requested to address child malnutrition of the Wayuu community. “So far, the government has not taken any action in the communities.”

However, Housing Minister Luis Felipe Henao said that the government is implementing actions in La Guajira to combat hunger and lack of water.

“It is important to carry water through tankers and then with the system that we are developing with an international foundation, where wells are being creating not only for human consumption but also for the economic development of each of these communities.”

Due to reported threats, indigenous leaders did not attend a meeting with the government in which they would have tracked the precautionary measures issued by the Commission in favor of the children of La Guajira.

Meeting between government and Wayuu leaders to discuss child malnutrition, failed.

Source: www.elcolombiano.com / The Dawn / December 30, 2015.- Colombian indigenous leaders did not attend a meeting with the government in the department of La Guajira on which they intended to follow up on the precautionary measures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which called to address child malnutrition of the Wayuu community.

According to a statement from the Colombian Foreign Ministry, the indigenous community pointed out that Uriana Javier Rojas, one of their leaders, said that they had “security problems to attend the meeting”.

Although the police and the prosecution of Colombia expressed their willingness to accompany him to the meeting, he did not attend, as said by Foreign Ministry’s statement.

However, the Foreign Ministry said that they “seek a new opportunity to engage in direct and constructive dialogue to effectively address the recommendations made” by the Commission.

At head of the government delegation was Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Francisco Echeverri Lara, accompanied by representatives of the ministries of Housing, Health, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) and the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management.

According to information from the Commission, malnutrition and lack of potable water may have caused the deaths of 4,770 children Wayuu in the past eight years.

 

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