Seeking an End to Slaughter in Colombia, Social Organizations Call for Help From Inter American Commission of Human Rights (S)
Some 13 social organizations will appear in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to voice their concerns about the dangers that activists face in Colombia. The hearings will address issues such as the lack of guarantees of non-repetition in crimes against members of social organizations, and they will denounce the search for mechanisms of impunity for state agents in the framework of the peace negotiations between the guerrillas of FARC-EP and the national government.
The hearings will take place March 21. They will also serve as a forum to discuss the challenges facing the country in order to build a stable and lasting peace which should include “full guarantees for social organizations and Human rights defenders,” according to a statement from the participating organizations.
Representatives of these organizations plan to present evidence of a widespread attack against leaders, as well as the stigmatization and persecution against social movements and organizations.
In this context, the organizations expect the IACHR to urge the State to investigate the murders of 120 leaders and human rights defenders that have taken place between January 1, 2016 and February 20, 2017. Contagio Radio