CEDECOLCouncil of Evangelical and Protestant Churches of Colombia
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(36) The Protestant churches have been very committed to supporting the emerging pluralization of the society, with the president of CEDECOL being among the signers of the 1994 religious freedom law and applauding 1997 legal arrangement which the Colombian president Ernesto Samper called "a type of evangelical concordat".
See also, Moreno, Pablo (2000) Federacion Consejo Evangelico de Colombia (CEDECOL): Resena Historica, p.15.
In addition, CEDECOL claimed that two state-operated television channels refused to allow evangelical groups to buy or receive airtime, while the Catholic Church received 2 minutes daily without cost.
According to CEDECOL, non-Catholic missionaries and religious leaders must also pay a tax of 35 percent on all financial assistance received from outside the country.
"Much of my work with JustaPaz and CEDECOL is to get Protestant churches involved in the Colombian peace process.
CEDECOL claimed that such a regulation, to be applied retroactively, would close 70 percent of the 1,500 Protestant churches in the capital.
According to the Mennonite Church organization Justicia, Paz y Accion Noviolenta (or Justapaz) and CEDECOL's La Comision de Restauracion, Vida y Paz, at least 134 evangelical church leaders were killed in the past four years.
Justapaz and CEDECOL claim that violence against evangelical church leaders is committed equally by paramilitaries and guerrillas.
According to CEDECOL, as of September 30, 2004, illegal armed groups had killed 18 evangelical church leaders.