Social leader organising coca replacement killed in Cauca

On 23 February, community activist and human rights defender Flover Sapuyes Gaviria was murdered by an unidentified gunman outside his home in La Esperanza, department of Cauca, as he returned from work.

According to reports, Flover was chased and shot at least five times.

Flover was a member of the political organisation Patriotic March and the National Coordinator of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers (COCCAM) which has been coordinating crop substitution programmes agreed under the terms of the 2016 peace agreement. At least 23 COCCAM members have been murdered in that time, with hardly any arrests over the crimes.

So far in 2018, over 30 social leaders have been killed in Colombia. At least 170 were murdered in 2017.