Back to top

Uramia - Guardia indígena del bajo Atrato

(Lower Atrato Indigenous Guard)

Uramia means ant in the Embera language. The Guardia indígena del bajo Atrato in the department of Chocó takes its name representing the commitment and dedication of the ant to ensure the wellbeing and protection of its entire anthill.

Uramia- Guardia indígena del bajo Atrato members are Embera Dóbida, Eyabida and Zenú ethnic authorities who defend the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Cacarica and Salaquí river basins. The indigenous guard works for the defence of the territory and the unity of its peoples as part of the local, departamental and nacional indigenous organizations: Cabildo Mayor Indígena del Bajo Atrato (CAMIZBA), the Asociación de Cabildos -Autoridades tradicionales indígenas del Chocó (OREWA) and the Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia (ONIC).

HRDs in Colombia work in a violent and unsafe environment. They are subjected to threats, intimidation, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, physical assaults, torture, killings, illegal searches of their homes and offices and stigmatisation as a result of their activities in defence of human rights.