April 13, 2016

Colombia: Guarantee Safety to Human Rights Defenders and Trade Unionists (UA 88/16)

Human rights defenders and trade unionists in Valle del Cauca Department, south-west Colombia, are in danger after receiving death threats, apparently from the paramilitary Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia).
1) Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
  • Calling on the authorities to take all measures deemed appropriate by those under threat to guarantee their safety;
  • Calling on them to order full and impartial investigations into these threats, publish the results and bring those responsible to justice;
  • Reminding them to fulfil their obligation to protect human rights defenders, as set out in the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders;
  • Urging them to take decisive action to dismantle paramilitary groups and break any links these groups still have with some sectors of the security forces. 
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 88/16” 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.