According to data released by the Ombudsman’s Office, in Colombia there are 983 social leaders threatened with death.
“You have to believe what the threatening pamphlets say, which cannot be ignored”, said Carlos Negret, ombudsman.
The entity also assured that 50% of the cases of threats are against women and that between March 2018 and May 2019, some 480 social leaders or human rights defenders were attacked.
Between March 2018 and May 2019, some 480 social leaders or human rights defenders were attacked.
Of the total of those 480 cases, 447 were threats, 20 homicides and 13 attacks.
“This is the niche (women) in which we must work to implement early warnings,” Negret stressed.
The Ombudsman’s comment came after the Attorney General’s Office suspended Fabio Leonardo Otero, mayor of Tierralta (Córdoba) for 3 months, within an investigation for alleged irregularities in the control of public order in a case that resulted in the murder of María del Pilar Hurtado, on June 21.
Previously, The Ombudsman’s Office had reported that at least 462 social leaders were assassinated from January 1, 2016 to February 28, 2019.
Likewise, a report by the NGO Institute for Peace and Development Studies (Indepaz) and the political movement Marcha Patriótica maintains that there are already more than 700 social leaders and 135 former FARC combatants killed since 2016, the year in which the agreement was signed. of peace with the old guerrilla.
Faced with these events, the NGO Somos Defensores has also spoken, according to which The murders of human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia increased almost 50% in 2018 amid impunity, since in three out of four cases the responsibility of the crime is not even established.
The Ombudsman’s Office also said that threats against leaders have increased since the early warnings were released.
They seek to collect, verify and technically analyze information related to situations of vulnerability and risk of the civilian population as a consequence of the armed conflict.
The alerts also aim to warn the authorities to coordinate timely actions to protect the communities.
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