Attack on Human Rights Defenders in Columbia


In Colombia, right-wing militias are targeting human rights workers that impede on their ability to maintain power and fear over the people of Columbia. These right-wing militias date back to the late 1960’s, when the Colombian government enacted legislation allowing the military to arm civilians as a form to fight guerrilla warfare. The Colombian government claims to have demobilized these ‘privatized armies’, yet it seems they have only taken on a new form, which the government more or less tolerates.

This new paramilitary is responsible for massacres, targeted killings, rapes, and threats to anyone that gets in their way, including human rights defenders, trade unionists, and community leaders.

Basic human rights standards need to be met in Columbia by dismantling these paramilitary groups. Check out the video below to see how three men are being affected by the lack of effort from the government to crack down.

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