Members of the Afro-descendant community of Caracolí, in the Curvaradó region of Chocó
Department, were not served with a threatened eviction notice in June, thanks to a Colombian
constitutional court ruling and pressure from the international community.
Local police in the Curvaradó region were preparing to serve an eviction notice on the community of Caracolí on 18
June. However, the Colombian Constitutional Court ordered the immediate suspension of the eviction notice and
called for the protection of the community, which consists of over 100 people. International pressure, including
appeals sent by members and supporters of Amnesty International, played an important part in this decision.
The eviction notice had been ordered by a local judge despite the central government's repeated recognition that the
residents of Caracolí legally own their lands and therefore have a right to remain there. Caracolí is included in a
collective land title, owned by the local Afro-descendant community, covering the region of Curvaradó and
Jiguamiandó. The Ministry for the Interior and Justice had recently called on the regional judicial authorities to
respect the validity of this land title.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals. No further action is requested at present. Amnesty International will
continue to monitor the situation and will take further action as necessary.