Self-Protection Mechanisms: Colombian Rural Defenders and Communities

Self-Protection Mechanisms: Colombian Rural Defenders and Communities

Source: ABColombia CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam GB, SCIAF, and Trócaire, 2017

Countries: Colombia

Topics: Governance, Land

Added: 15/02/2017

 

The situation of Colombian human rights defenders has for many years been one of the worst in the world.1 Since the official start of the Havana Peace Talks (October 2012) between the Colombian Government and the left-wing Guerrilla Group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejercito de Pueblo (FARC), the number of HRDs killed annually has risen year-on-year and remained the highest in the world in 2015. The HRDs most targeted in these attacks have been working on victims, land and environmental issues; recently attacks have increased against those involved in peace activism and political leadership. 

 

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