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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Colombia: The Continuing Crisis in Putumayo

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 1:00pm
2255 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for an extraordinary hearing on the continuing human rights crisis in Putumayo, Colombia.  Nearly a year in preparation, this hearing brings to Washington, DC a stellar delegation of human rights defenders from the Department of Putumayo, Colombia.  Professional simultaneous translation will be provided. 

Putumayo, in southern Colombia, has received large concentrations of U.S. military, counterdrug, and economic funding, as a focus of counterinsurgency, counternarcotics and armed conflict for the past decade.  These human rights defenders will describe what has occurred in Putumayo during the 2000s and the current human rights situation.  Their personal stories and descriptions of the human rights situation on the ground in Colombia will serve as a window into the reality of rural life in Colombia.

For further information, please contact Hans Hogrefe at 5-5021 or Cindy Buhl at 5-6101.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Jan Schakowsky, M.C.
Member, TLHRC
Raul Grijalva, M.C.
Member, TLHRC


  • Ms. Blanca Nieves Galarraga Meneses
  • Ms. Ana Tulia Burbano Acosta
  • Ms. Emilse Bernal Bastidas
  • Mr. Cesar Willington Chapal Quenama
  • Ms. Fabiola Erazo Garcia
  • Ms. Nancy Sánchez Mendez


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