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Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida

Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida - CADV contributes to the defense of water, life, and land against threats from polluting extractive projects. They promote the strengthening of collective, participatory, and inclusive criteria with grassroots communities. They foster the creation of a social and plural movement where all those voices, processes, and platforms that desire to contribute to the construction of a society that respects the rights of community and nature may come together.

CADV seeks to consolidate as an independent social process, with the capacity to formulate and execute proposals that contribute to the economic, environmental, and political improvement of communities.


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.