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9 Mar 2020

El Universal (Colombia)

"At least 72 critics of business abuse were killed in Colombia"

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Unofficial translation from Spanish into English by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

… In 2011 the Colombian Government created the National Protection Unit (UNP), attached to the Ministry of Interior, to protect leaders and defenders, but this entity has been overwhelmed by the increase in threats and the critical state of these cases in justice ... "The Colombian State has taken some important measures to address this situation, but so far it has failed to overcome the growing attacks against human rights defenders that raise concerns about commercial operations," said the study ... In it In line with the report, the Ombudsman's Office pointed out that the proliferation of norms has not translated into higher levels of commitment by the authorities and, on the contrary,it disperses the responsibilities of the State to protect the fundamental rights of community leaders… “Colombia must act decisively to protect human rights defenders who raise their complaints about the conduct of companies, and the often marginalized rural communities they represent” , highlighted the report ...