Day of Remembrance and Solidarity with Victims with a bittersweet feeling
9 April should have been a day of celebration. However, due to the ongoing and systematic killing of human rights defenders, the general feeling here in Bogota is bittersweet.
In a period of only 14 months, the National Ombudsman has registered 156 killings and 5 forced disappearances of human rights defenders, placing Colombia at the top of the list of dangerous countries for human rights defenders worldwide.
These human rights defenders were mostly local community leaders who had the courage to fight for the rights of their community by denouncing human rights violations, being involved in local peace building initiatives and striving for social justice.
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