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101 Members of the EU Parliament send out letter to Colombian President on Women’s rights


In their letter they express concern about the situation of Women Human Rights Defenders and the implementation of the gender focus in the Peace Agreement.


Brussels, 13 February 2020

101  Members of the Eu Parliament send out letter to Colombian President on Women’s rights

101 MEPs form different political groups of the EU Parliament sent out a letter yesterday to the Colombian President Ivan Duque. They are concerned about the situation for Women Human Rights Defenders, as the proportion of attacks against Women Human Rights’ Defenders has gone up in 2019.

Colombia is the most dangerous country for Human Rights Activists in the world according to Frontline Defenders. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia recently alerted that between 107 and 120 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia in 2019 and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in his last report confirmed this situation of high risk for many HRDs. The increase of killings of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) has been disproportionate and therefor of special concern to the UNHCHR: the number went up with 50% in 2019 compared to 2018.

 

A recent example of a WHRD at risk is Islena Rey, member of the Civic Committee for Human Rights in the Meta Department, who was threatened by neoparamilitary organizations on three occasions in the first three weeks of 2020. In the last incident she was threatened together with 8 other WHRDs in a pamphlet signed by “the Black Eagles” (las Águilas Negras). [i]

The members of the European Parliament signing the letter are also concerned about the lack of progress in the implementation of the gender focus in the peace agreement. The agreement signed by the FARC-EP and the Colombian government in 2016, was celebrated as an example for its inclusion of this approach and provides differential analysis of the impact of the conflict on women and for example reparation measures adapted to the needs of women victims of the armed conflict. Colombian women’s rights organizations see it as an opportunity to reduce the gender gap still existing in the country and to tackle for example widespread sexual violence against women. Nevertheless, only about 5 per cent of the 122 measures included in the agreement have been implemented.

The members of the European Parliament ask the Colombian government to implement comprehensively and as soon as possible all the measures related to the gender focus in the Peace Agreement, to make progress in the prevention and investigation of attacks against WHRDs and women social leaders and to start running the Comprehensive Program for Guarantees for Women Leaders and Women Human Rights Defenders.

For further information, contact Jorge Gómez, OIDHACO Coordinator, var em = bicrypt('klaustrophobie', 'Im6FKmuX804KcIIs7LI'); document.write('' + em + '<\/a>');">, tel. +32 2 5361913.

 



[i] The other women leaders who were threatend were: Débora Barrios (Lideresa Wayuu), Maria José Pizarro ( diputada, Comisión de Paz) , Aida Avella Esquivel (senadora), Darla Cristina Gonzalez (Defensora de Derechos LGBTI y Víctimas del Conflicto Armado), Claudia López (Alcaldesa de Bogotá), Ludirlena Pérez (Asociación de Mujeres Víctimas del Conflicto Armado  “Gestionando Paz”), Teresita Gaviria (Asociación Madres de la Candelaria), Pilar Rueda Jimenez (coordinadora equipo de género en Unidad de Investigación y Acusación -JEP) 

 

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