Peasant Guard of Catatumbo

October 4, 2020 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
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March 23, 2019 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
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The Peasant Guard of Catatumbo emerged during the 2013 agrarian strike in response to the need for a group that would defend the territory and human rights in the region. The group faced threats from armed actors through dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution methods.

Problems and Purpose

The Peasant Guard of Catatumbo (Span. Guardia Campesina del Catatumbo) is a regional peasant security collective whose purpose is to defend the territory and the human rights of those who live there. The initiative arose as an organ of the Catatumbo Peasant Association during the context of the National Agrarian Strike of 2013, and was formalized in the regional constitution of Catatumbo in 2014. It was born out of the need for a peasant security corps to maintain peace in the communities of the region. It confronts threats from armed actors only through dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution. The Peasant Guard of Catatumbo takes as its model the organization, methods, and struggles of the Indigenous Guard in Cauca.

Background History and Context

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Methods and Tools Used

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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