In October 2023 Rutgers hosted Miguel Fernandez. We learned about the environmental, agrarian, and social issues facing peasants, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Colombia. Miguel Fernández is a coordinator of the Committee for the Integration of the Macizo Colombiano (Comité de Integración del Macizo Colombiano - CIMA), a network of peasant organizations that work in defense of their territory and identity. He currently serves as a high-level officer of the Central Union of Workers (Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia - CUT) in the Cauca department and is a regional delegate to the National Roundtable for Guarantees (Mesa Nacional de Garantías), a process mandated in the 2016 peace accords between the government of Colombia and the FARC armed insurgency.
Miguel spoke about the situation of human rights in Cauca, the environmental effect of multinational interventions, and the impact of the armed conflict on the communities. Multinational interventions, and the environmental effect of multinational interventions, and the impact of the armed conflict on the communities.
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