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THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN COLOMBIA


Human Rights Council 37th session. Side Event


 

Human Rights Council 37th session. Side Event

THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

DEFENDERS IN COLOMBIA

Thursday 15 March 2018

11.00 - 12.00

Room XXIV, Palais des Nations

 

The lowest murder rate in Colombia for 40 years in the context of the peace process masks a climate of constant threats and a sharp rise in killings of human rights defenders. At least 80 human rights defenders were assassinated in 2016 and at least 106 in 2017. In this context defending human rights is becoming more and more a high-risk activity in Colombia. The side event aims at exploring how national authorities and the international community can collaborate (including in the upcoming UPR of Colombia and through its accompaniment of the Peace Process) to address the challenges for a comprehensive protection of human rights defenders at a time in which their work is more than ever essential in order to reinforce rule of law and a post-conflict society in which human rights are fully respected, protected and fulfilled.

 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Rémy Pagani, Mayor of the City of Geneva
  • Ms. Ana María Rodríguez, Representative before the United Nations, Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ)
  • Ms. Luz Stella Aponte-Jaramill, Legal Coordinator, Corporación Reiniciar
  • Mr. Adriel Ruiz Galvan, Director of Fundación Espacios de Convivencia y Desarrollo Social (FUNDESCODES) and Representative of the Coordinación Regional del Pacífico Colombiano (CRP)

Moderator: Mr. Miguel Martín Zumalacárregui, Human Right Adviser of the

Observatory for the Protection of HRDs and Head of OMCT Office in Brussels

 

 

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