14 civil society activists killed in the first month of 2017
News from Colombia |
on: Thursday, 2 February 2017
Whilst the Colombian government continues to deny the systematic nature of the threats and killings of social and political activists in Colombia, 14 civil society activists have been killed in just the first month of 2017.
Those killed are community leaders, those working to defend the environment and natural resources, those defending the rights of peasant farmers and promoting the peace agreement. Alongside these individual attacks there have been reports of paramilitary presence threatening prominent social organisations such as the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, the Association of Agroecological and Mining Fraternities of Guacomó (Aheramigua) and the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission.
Faced with this grave situation, human rights organisations in Colombia are calling for the implementation of the mechanisms in the peace agreement that provide security guarantees for social and political activists and dismantle paramilitary groups in the country.
To the right is a list of those activists killed in Colombia in January 2017.