The UN Office expressed its deep concern “for the persistence of cases of murders of human rights defenders in the national territory". In addition, it rejected the stigmatization that "some public officials make of the work carried out by human rights defenders” in reference to the members of the Congress of the Republic who disqualified the selected defenders as judges of the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) and prevented them from taking office.
The Office reported that up to XX December, have been committed 105 murders of human rights defenders and leaders, including "73 murders against leaders, 18 murders of members of social and political movements, and there have been 14 victims during social demonstrations".
In the statement the UN Office detailed that murders take place in areas where the presence of the State is limited and people do not have full exercise of their human rights.
"The Office has reiterated that the prevention of attacks and aggressions against human rights defenders implies the investigation, prosecution and punishment of those responsible," the statement added.