Colombia: NGO report reveals increase in attacks against human rights defenders in 2018

Author: "Somos Defensores" Programme (Colombia), Published on: 23 April 2019

“Clockwork Orange: Annual Report 2018. Information System on Attacks against Human Rights Defenders – ISAAHRD” - April 2019

Attacks against HRDs Colombia

Unfortunately, as usual in recent years, we must begin this report by highlighting the critical situation of violence against human rights defenders in the country. 2018 was, without a doubt, the worst year for defenders, this is shown by the data, since we recorded the highest aggression figures that have been presented since the beginning of our Information System in 2009. That is, not counting the amount of cases that for different reasons are not included, since we start from accepting the existence of underreporting, which means that the level of violence is much higher than we can imagine…Despite the evident crisis of human rights and the urgent need for intervention to protect the lives of everyone, and in particular, human rights defenders, the current Government of Iván Duque has opted to take opposing positions to its duty to offer guarantees and has left aside the difficult situation that defenders are going through; dedicating his efforts, instead, to putting other issues at the center, such as the orange economy…

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