The Indigenous Navigator and the SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Colombia
In its 2013 report on the human rights situation in Colombia, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) covered the critical humanitarian situation being experienced by a large proportion of the country’s indigenous peoples. The IACHR took the opportunity to make a large number of recommendations to the Colombian state with regard to adopting immediate measures to prevent, contain, investigate and sanction the massive violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and of these peoples’ individual and collective rights, including the aggression and harassment of traditional authorities and indigenous leaders, for whom the risk was a real and immediate one (IACHR, 2013).1
Unfortunately, six years have passed since this and other reports were submitted by different national and international bodies including the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Human Rights Council and instead of mitigation, the country is witnessing an escalation in massacres, murders, forced displacements and all kinds of violations against indigenous peoples. This situation which – far from producing decisive intervention from the state with a view to their protection – is even aggravated by the involvement of state officials in these violations through action or omission.