There has been a surge in violence against human right defenders in Colombia this year despite a cease-fire and a peace agreement.
Just days ago, one of Colombia’s largest peasant organizations, Cumbre Agraria, reported that 94 of its regional leaders have been assassinated so far this year — a 50% increase compared with last year. And a grouping of leftist social organizations under the name Marcha Patriotica, said last month that 70 of its members have been murdered this year and 232 received death threats.
The United Nations observed that three-quarters of the killings are in rural areas in the widest wave of violence since Juan Manuel Santos became president. The office further notes that the methods of the killings and assassination attempts show a high level of sophistication to conceal the intellectual authors.
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