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Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00

Colombia: Environmentalist activist murdered

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In a situation that has dismayed the community, Faiver Cerón Gómez, President of the Community Action Board of the Esmeraldas Corregimiento in Mercaderes, Cauca, was killed on February 18. Faiver stood out for his commitment with the community, especially on the environmental issue and had been opposing the mining project of Esmeraldas by the mining multinational C.I.S.A.S that intends to exploit a nearby hill called “Cerro de la Campana”.

According to the first versions, Faiver was attacked by armed and hooded men who ended with his life by shooting him multiple times. The murder took place when he was returning to his home on a motorcycle at place known as Sajandinga, which is located 10 minutes away from the nearest town.

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Some members of organizations that know the work of Faiver assert that his murder is directly related to his tireless work in the defense of the environment. Likewise, the community says that they don’t know of any problems that he could have had in a personal level that could have in any way triggered this murder.

On Saturday morning (the morning of his murder), Faiver had participated in a Governmental Community Council with the Mayor and several local government institutions.

The communities that Favier represented and of which he was part of, have been mobilizing since 2016 against illegal mining that ended the Sambingo River.

In addition, on 7 February they held a march against the forced eradication of coca crops, which resulted in the establishment of dialogue instances with the municipal, departmental and national government to work on this issue.

Multiple organizations and the community in general have requested for investigations to be carried out, that those responsible be punished and that the communities, organizations and leaders be given guarantees for their rights to protest and associate.

Source: Contagio Radio

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