Human Rights Defender Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 September 2007

A paramilitary organisation calling itself the 'Black Eagles' has e-mailed a death threat to human rights activist Jose Manuel Gomez. The threat, which labels him a subversive, accuses Jose of hiding behind human rights work to carry out terrorism and declares him a 'military objective'

The e-mail, which arrived on September 11th, is only the latest in a long line of threats received by Jose who is active in Colombia's largest human rights group the Permanent Committee for Human Rights. Previously forced to flee his home city of Barranquilla in 2006 in the face of threats from a military intelligence unit and paramilitary groups he spent some time in exile abroad before returning to Colombia to continue with his human rights work.

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action on this latest threat in which it describes the 'Black Eagles' as an "army-backed paramilitary group". To read the Amnesty Urgent Action please visit:

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