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At least 80 human rights defenders received death threats by email on or just prior to Colombia’s Human Rights Day on 9 September. Paramilitaries declared them a military target.
Defender of Indigenous Peoples’ rights Juan Pablo Gutiérrez received a death threat from a paramilitary group targeting him in Colombia. He has received numerous threatening phone calls since.
Members of the armed forces have threatened to “exterminate” the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in northwestern Colombia.
Trade union leader José Onofre Esquivel Luna was in a car in Medellín, northwest Colombia on 16 June, when two men started shooting at him. His safety is at risk.