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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 15:57

19 Human Rights Defenders killed between July and September

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According to the Information System on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders 19 activists have been killed and there have been a total of 63 individual attacks, in the period between July and September 2016.

The report reveals that the number of murders and attacks grew in the same period of 2015.

The report notes that "in September 2016 we reported 54 killings of social leaders and human rights defenders, while in the same period in 2015 the killings were 51”.

The document also highlights that the main departments in which there have been attacks against human rights defenders are Antioquia with 11 cases, Santander with 6, Cauca and Choco with 5 each. It also reiterated that paramilitaries are the main responsible for the attacks with responsibility in 15 cases, i.e. 24% of the attacks.

As for the guerrillas, one action would be attributable to the ELN, while the security forces were responsible for 4 attacks, or 6% of the total.

The report also noted that several attacks were carried out during the campaign for the referendum and highlighted that these intimidation also contributed to the victory of the NO camp by a small margin.

Source: www.contagioradio.com

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