April 29, 2016

Colombia: Guarantee Safety of Afro-descendant Leaders (UA 93/16)

Several Afro-descendant leaders from Cauca Department have been threatened as they continue their campaign in favour of their territorial rights and against illegal mining.
1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
  • Expressing concern for those named above and for other community leaders of La Toma, and calling on the authorities to take all measures deemed appropriate to guarantee their safety;
  • Calling on them to undertake full and impartial investigations into the threat against Francia Márquez, Eduar Mina, Jhon Jairo Valverde, Alexa Leonor Mina and Mery Yein Mina, to make the results public and bring all those responsible to justice;
  • Urging them to take decisive action to dismantle paramilitary groups operating in the area and break any links with the security forces in line with repeated United Nations human rights recommendations.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 93/16” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent, 
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action