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Three human rights defenders have been threatened by paramilitaries following the creation of the Humanitarian Zone, a civilian initiative to protect the mainly Afro-descendant community.
On 11 April Carlos Mejía was stabbed to death in his home in El Progreso. He had been threatened in the past for working on projects for the promotion of human rights and social justice.
Two men were reportedly tortured while in police custody in the Dominican Republic on 12 April.