The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

March 2012: Deep increase of attacks against human rights defenders

Over the last days and weeks, attacks and harassment against them have been particularly serious. Oidhaco sent data and some cases to the European authorities and request them to take action.

According to a recent report of the Somos Defensores Programme, in the year 2011, 239 human rights defenders suffered attacks, 49 of which were murdered and 6 disappeared, which represents a deep increase in comparison with 2010 (32 human rights defenders murdered) . Those who struggle for the protection of the environment and those who lead land restitution processes are particular targets of these attacks. Of particular concern is the remerging of enforced disappearance among modalities of attacks.

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