The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

Press release – Defending the environment, dangerous in Colombia

Today sadely marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, a 26 year-old environmental engineer, who was disappeared on February 17, 2011 in Cali.

Oidhaco is deeply concerned about attacks against those who defend the right to land, the right to oppose mega-projects that affect the environment and the living conditions of communities such as dams or mining projects. Several environmentalists have been murdered during recent months: Adelinda Gaviria Gómez, who played an active role in the Mining and Environmental Forum (killed in Cauca on September 30, 2013); César García of the Environmental and Small Farming Committee in Tolima, who actively opposed the ‘La Colosa’ gold mining project implemented by the company Anglogold Ashanti (murdered on November 2, 2013); and Robinson David Mazo, member of the Living Rivers Movement struggling against the Hidroituango hydroelectric project (murdered on November 30, 2013).



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