Violence in the Times of Peace: 52 Social Leaders Murdered This Year; 186 Since January 2016; 500 Death Threats
Despite efforts by the National Government, the Office of the Prosecutor and the competent authorities, the assassination of social leaders remains a constant of life in several of the country’s regions said on Thursday ombudsman, Carlos Alfonso Negret, from Barrancabermeja, a city he was visiting to gather first hand information about the situation in that area.
“We have statistics of 186 homicides of social leaders and human rights defenders since January 1, 2016. This year there have been 52 homicides and more or less 500 threats,” said the People’s defender, pointing out that the most affected departments are Cauca, Antioquia, Norte de Santander, and Córdoba.
“The great majority of homicides and threats have been registered in areas where FARC used to operate: Society and the State will have to work to prevent this from happening again because if we have achieved peace with a group like the FARC we must find the space for reconciliation after achieving truth and reparation,” he said. El Espectador