Turkey must uphold fair trial rights in the case…
We believe that Turkey must uphold the right to a fair trial for those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi.
The president of Colombia
We’re concerned over the high personal risk faced by human rights defenders in Colombia.
It’s been reported that human rights defenders have been increasingly targeted because of their work to protect their collective land rights against bogus claims to their territory.
We’re alarmed that these human rights defenders have suffered numerous attacks by neo-paramilitary groups in various regions in Colombia, which seems to be a new development following the 2016 Peace Agreement.
Some recent cases include the:
We urged the relevant authorities to:
October and November 2017 – Danilo Rueda is the victim of three acts of intimidation
11 to 14 October 2017 – José Merlín Murillo disappeared from the collective territory of La Cacarica in the Bajo Altrato region. He was later found dead
28 October 2017 – Willington Cuesta was allegedly threatened by paramilitary groups
18 November 2017 – Elías Antonio Úsuga Duque forcibly disappeared
23 November 2017 – Elías Antonio Úsuga Duque reappeared
26 November 2017 – Mario Castaño Bravo was killed in the territory of the community La Larga Tumaradó in Urabá
29 December 2017 – Germán Graciano Posso survived an assassination attempt allegedly perpetrated by members of a neo-paramilitary group