The organizations that make up the Citizen Oversight Office make a public statement.


Given the serious situation of malnutrition in children between zero and five years of age, rapid humanitarian interventions have been carried out in the Wayúu peoples, in which they carry out advocacy for compliance, training in enforcement mechanisms, food solutions, among other actions that seek to avoid the early death of children under five years of age, due to gross negligence by the responsible institutions. 

we recognize  In these two years of direct contact with the Wayuu people, their values ​​and their socio-cultural richness, which is reflected in the comprehensive care of boys and girls in the spaces of the family, the school, the UCA's and all the uses and practices of life. everyday by women  wayuu. Thanks to the practices of sustained solidarity on the part of the women in the face of the very limited resources of the ecosystem and the deficient institutional response, the boys and girls have managed to survive.

This valuable practice was verified in the different visits and interviews, however, the speeches and official reports maintain the racist, exclusive and stigmatizing bias that tends to reinforce the imaginary that the Wayuu culture is the main culprit for the situation of children. We reaffirm that the Wayuu culture is not responsible for the death of children, since  It continues to have as a cultural trait being caregivers and being respectful of children, which is evident in the accompaniment and solidarity in upbringing.

We make an urgent call to question and dismantle these racist, xenophobic, exclusive and stigmatizing discourses and practices. Since there is a great dominant cultural barrier that reduces and isolates the Wayuu People from the enjoyment and enjoyment of their rights as free and dignified citizens. We see this barrier with every institutional abuse, in every restriction in hospitals, in the ICBF and in the mayors' offices. It is striking that the Colombian state makes invisible through manuals, policies and actions the potential for a solution from  the Wayuu people; and that he does not comply with the 10 sentences ordered, the result is unfortunate and painful: the loss of the lives of 296 children. We are sure that if only one of the sentences had been fully complied with, we would not be lamenting these deaths.

In view of the 296 deaths that have occurred between the date of publication of the sentence and today, the organizations that are members of the oversight demand:

First of all the entities actioned in the Judgment  T 302 not only know but appropriate it and develop it according to their institutional responsibility.

Second, we urgently recommend that the planning of the sentencing mechanism be articulated through a baseline, clear objectives with relevant indicators, a sufficient budget, simple verification mechanisms, and reporting of the results of the mechanism to the community and the government. .

Third, we demand that a unified information system on children be implemented at the institutional level that overcomes dispersed information on execution in different institutions, instead, traceability should prevail for the development and survival of childhood.

Fourth, we demand that the control entities comply with the mandates of the sentence and take officials and operators to the last consequences.  involved in the contempt.

Fifth, we encourage the Constitutional Court to continue taking the corresponding actions and measures  so that judgment T302 is fully complied with.

Likewise, we call for the different peoples of the Wayuu Nation to assume leadership in protecting their people's right to life. And finally we call attention for civil society to follow the example of the young strikers from La Guajira who for 30 days exposed their lives in a hunger strike to call attention to compliance with the sentence. Their act of love for life and interest in protecting Wayuu boys and girls should encourage us to support, replicate or activate new forms of actions for life from civil society.

As Citizen Oversight Office, we commit ourselves to continue monitoring and demanding the development of the sentence for the next three years, because, as magistrate José Fernando Reyes said, “every Wayuu child who dies of hunger degrades us as a nation. It shows us how an indolent, backward country and without any decent prospects for the future, the degree of civilization of a country can also be measured by the level of importance it attaches to the nutrition and health of its children and especially the most vulnerable”.

Here we will continue "Until dignity becomes customary"

We sign:

Center for Research and Popular Education, CINEP - Program for Peace; the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia - ONIC; the Corporation for the Support of Popular Communities - CODACOP; Defense of Girls and Boys International – DNI; Omaira Orduz Rodríguez and the Caminos de Identidad Foundation – FUCAI; Omaira Orduz Rodriguez.

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