Rights Defenders Are Being Killed in Colombia as Government Protection Falls Short

Read the report: https://www.hrw.org/node/377751 (Washington, DC, February 10, 2021) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet…

Read the report: https://www.hrw.org/node/377751

(Washington, DC, February 10, 2021) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet in carrying out policies to prevent them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report, “Left Undefended: Killings of Rights Defenders in Colombia’s Remote Communities,” documents killings of human rights defenders in the country in the last five years, as well as serious shortcomings in government efforts to prevent them, protect defenders, and hold those responsible to account. Over 400 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia since 2016, according to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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