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13 May 2022

Author:
Corporate Accountability Lab

Colombia: U.S. NGO presents alleged corporate links to Colombia's armed conflict

"CAL PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF CORPORATE COMPLICITY IN ARMED CONFLICT TO COLOMBIAN PEACE TRIBUNAL", 13 May 2022

...The civil conflict in Colombia took the lives of more than a quarter of a million people–the vast majority of whom were civilians. Official statistics show that nearly half a million people across the country were impacted directly by physical violence, including sexual- and gender-based attacks, kidnappings, extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances. Millions more were forcibly displaced from their homes and had their land seized illegally....

...What has been less visible is the role that certain multinational companies may have played in financing and coordinating the activities of Colombian paramilitary groups. In fact, to use a Colombian legal concept, evidence suggests that such companies were among the actors “most responsible” for abuses committed against civilians....

Corporate Accountability Lab recently submitted the first half of a report about the role of multinational companies in the armed conflict to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP, for its acronym in Spanish)...

CAL’s report, which was submitted to the JEP Chamber for the Acknowledgement of Truth, Responsibility and Determination of Facts and Conduct, focuses on the alleged role of two mining companies, the Prodeco Group and Drummond Company, Inc. (together with its subsidiary Drummond Ltd.), in the Colombian armed conflict. 

The Prodeco Group is a conglomerate owned by the multi-billion-dollar Anglo-Swiss extractives company Glencore International...

CAL’s report to the JEP highlights the alleged complicity of these companies in crimes committed in the Gran Magdalena region between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. We provide evidence suggesting that Drummond Company Inc., Drummond Ltd., and the Prodeco Group financially supported and coordinated with illegal armed groups...

CAL’s report includes information about alleged complicity...and the related assassination of union leaders and members, assassination of people deemed guerilla collaborators (purported AUC enemies), forced displacement, and land dispossession for financial gain...