Take Action: Thirteen Colombian Human Rights Defenders Targeted in Death Threat
Thirteen Colombian human rights defenders received a death threat on July 4 declaring them to be military targets. Among the thirteen are several people with whom CoDev has worked including Yessika Hoyos of the Lawyer’s Collective (CCAJAR) who was in BC in 2010 and with whom several CoDev delegations have met in Colombia, most recently a Canadian teacher delegation in November 2011.
Take Action now to help protect the lives and human rights of these courageous people.Colombian human rights defenders face constant threats, surveillance and harassment for their work. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in 2011 in Colombia, 49 human rights defenders were assassinated and 17 had attempts made on their lives. 140 defenders received death threats.
CoDev directly supports human rights in Colombia through our partner, NOMADESC a human rights organization in southwest Colombia that works closely with communities and organizations facing displacement, violence and threats.
Colombians often tell us that sending a message of concern to the Colombian authorities can make a difference and helps them defend their space to continue to their work.