Indigenous leader murdered over land activism

Indigenous leader Ebel Yonda Ramos was found dead on Wednesday 27 March in Puerto Rico, department of Caquetá. The former governor for the La Gaitana community had been shot at least ten times.

On multiple occasions Ebel had denounced the forced displacement of communities in the region, and was himself a victim in 2010. He returned to his home in the village of Villa Nueva only one month ago.

Indigenous authorities believe he was targeted due to his land activism and representation of conflict victims. The zone has high presence of armed groups as a strategic corridor for transporting contraband. His killers have not been identified.

Ebel is the latest victim in the ongoing violence that has seen around 500 social leaders and human rights defenders since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016.