Colombia reports 215 human rights defenders murdered in 2022

Colombia’s human rights watchdog is reporting that 215 human rights advocates had been killed final 12 months, the very best dying toll since a peace accord was signed with leftist rebels in 2016.

José Ricaurte Quintero, who based the Maná Survivors Affiliation, was one of many final victims of 2022. He was assassinated on the street in Armenia in December. His group supported households of people that disappeared throughout greater than 5 many years of armed battle in Colombia.

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Colombia’s human rights watchdog reported that 215 human rights defenders had been murdered in 2022. That is the very best dying price in Colombia since 2016. 

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The ombudsman’s workplace says the murders coincide with locations which might be strategically vital to organized crime teams concerned in drug trafficking, unlawful mining and contraband.

The federal government of Gustavo Petro — Colombia’s first-ever leftist president — has proposed in his “whole peace” coverage to provoke peace talks with armed teams such because the ELN guerrillas and to succeed in out to FARC dissidents who refused to signal the peace accord, in addition to the Gulf Clan cartel, with whom the federal government introduced a truce.

Ombudsman Carlos Camargo expressed hope that such talks would result in a discount in actions towards leaders of human rights teams.