The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

What else should happen in Colombia for the EU to publicly condemn this situation?

In recent weeks, activists and defenders have been murdered and disappeared; 13 defenders have been killed over the past 3 months. Oidhaco calls on the EU to follow the example of the UK and make public its concern.

In recent weeks, enforced disappearances, the killing of trade unionists, leaders claiming land, and human rights defenders, as well as the threats constantly received by organisations and defenders, are cause for extreme concern. In the first three months of 2012, thirteen human rights defenders have been killed; that is one each week. “These murders show that there are no guarantees for the work of defending human rights in Colombia. The EU, through Catherine Ashton, should urge the Colombian government to guarantee protection for activists and respect for social movements calling for peace, “said Vincent Vallies spokesperson for Oidhaco.

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