Thursday 21.5.2020 Colombia - Latest Developments
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Colombia’s government declared a sanitary emergency and banned public gatherings on 12th March 2020. On 22nd March 2020, a new decree established a nationwide mandatory quarantine which was subsequently extended into May 2020. Despite the obligatory isolation measures, several protests have taken place since the beginning of the public emergency – often mobilised by people denouncing the lack of food, financial aid and access to medical services. Read more | Read in Spanish
Tuesday 26.11.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
The Colombia National Indigenous Organisation reported that 115 Indigenous people have been assassinated so far in 2019. On 28th October 2019, rural workers association Asociación Nacional de Zonas de Reserva Campesina (National Association of Peasant Reserve Zones - ANZORC) reported that 16-year-old social leader Flower Jair Trompeta Pavi had been tortured and murdered. On 29th October 2019, an illegal armed group in the Cauca region attacked members of the Nasa people, killing indigenous authority Ne’h Wesx Cristina Taquinas Bautista and four Indigenous Guards. Six other people were wounded.
On 21st November 2019, over 200,000 protesters took to the streets of Colombia for a 12-hour nationwide strike. Initially called by unions, the strike was joined by pensioners, students, indigenous groups and other social sectors. The killing of 18-year-old Dylan Muricio Cruz during a protest for education on 23rd November 2019 in Bogotá has mobilised more protests. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
Between August and September 2019, 7 political candidates were killed during the municipal and regional election campaign in Colombia. According to news reports, at least 62 others have been threatened or attacked. In separate incidents, community organiser Yunier Moreno was killed in Caquetá, and two members of the Pueblo Nasa del Norte del Cauca Indigenous Guard were killed in an attack against a number of members of the community.
At the end of September and throughout October, the police acted to repress protests by students in Bogotá resulting in violent clashes.
On 18th October 2019, Javier Córdoba Chaguendo, a journalist and host with community radio station Planeta Stereo, was killed while working in the station's studio in Tumaco, Nariño. Read more
Thursday 19.9.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
The spiral of violence against HRDs in Colombia has continued. In June 2019, human rights organisation Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) stated that it had received 70 reports of murdered social leaders or members of vulnerable ethnic communities in 2019. At the end of June, WOLA declined to publish the number of cases recorded due to the huge variation in the figures published by different organisations. On 26th July 2019, thousands of demonstrators gathered across Colombia to protest the alarming violence against social leaders in the country, and to demand government action in protecting community leaders, human rights and environmental defenders. Marches took place in over 50 Colombian cities. Read more | Read in Spanish
Friday 15.3.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
As reported previously on the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia remains hostile. Read more
Monday 17.12.2018 Colombia - Latest Developments
As reported previously on the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia remains hostile, and the wave of attacks continues unabated. Read more
Wednesday 29.8.2018 Colombia - Latest Developments
As reported previously in the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders in Colombia continues to be hostile and it has worsened over the last few months Read more
Wednesday 9.5.2018 Colombia - Latest Developments
Attacks against human rights defenders and journalists continue in Colombia, despite the peace process. Just in March, organisations documented 8 attacks against social leaders. Read more
Friday 9.3.2018 Colombia - Latest Developments
Despite the signature of the Peace Agreement, attacks against human rights defenders in Colombia are on the rise. Read more
Wednesday 18.10.2017 Colombia - Latest Developments
Freedom of expression continues to be restricted in Colombia for journalists covering protests as well as those reporting on sensitive issues. Read more