Human Rights Lawyer Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 5 January 2008

On December 31st Victor Hugo Gallego, a lawyer working for the human rights group CORPADES, in the city of Medellin, was forcibly disappeared. He has not been seen since.

Mr Gallego regularly denounced human rights violations by paramilitary death squads in Medellin and it is believed that the paramilitaries were responsible for taking him away. The NGO has received numerous death threats and, on April 23rd 2007, his colleague at CORPADES, Judy Astrid Vergara, was shot dead by a paramilitary gunman as she travelled home on a bus in Medellin.

Despite repeated requests to the Government the authorities have refused to provide any protection to the staff at CORPADES.

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