Over the decades of the armed conflict, in many occasions civilians have been murdered and framed as guerrilla combatants by military forces in order to show “positive” results in the armed confrontation held between the Colombian State and rebel organizations such as the FARC-EP and the ELN.
On Wednesday, December 7, a public hearing was held in Congress on the issue of murders and attacks on social leaders.
Last November 28 a menacing message was received in the inbox of the communications commission of the Valle del Cauca branch of the movement Marcha Patriótica. In the text, four members of Marcha were threatened with death and the entire movement was stigmatized as “the party of the FARC”.
Bogotá, November 21 - The United Nations Country Team and the UN Mission in Colombia express concern about violent actions, including recent killings, targeting social leaders in several conflict-affected areas.
"For peace and life, political killings must stop and full democratic guarantees must be implemented"
Victims' and human right defender organizations, accompanied by representatives Alirio Uribe and Angela Maria Robledo, reported their request for a hearing to be held at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to present their concern on the proposals of the sectors that advocated the NO-vote. Impunity for victims in Colombia would be perpetuated if these proposals where to be accepted, because they are lax with crimes committed by State agents and private individuals.
The social and political movement "Marcha Patriotica", Cauca, has denounced the serious situation faced by the Department of Cauca in what refers to human rights.
The persecution of social leaders and human rights activists has caused concerns among the diplomatic community in Colombia.
25 years ago, military from the Battalion “Jose Hilario Lopez”, supported by paramilitary structures, arrested and extrajudicially executed 14 men and 3 women who were preparing the first peasant mobilization in the region, in the village of Los Uvos, Cauca.