Urgent Action: Defender at Risk in COVID-19 Quarantine (Colombia: UA 67.20)

On 17 April, at around 2:30pm, Jani Silva heard 6 gunshots at less than 30 meters from her residence in Puerto Asís in Putumayo (South West), Colombia. On 22 April, she again heard three gun shots at less than 50 meters from her residence. These two incidents occurred after a confidential source provided information to the Inter-Ecclesiastical Commission of Justice and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz) in late March about an ongoing plan to kill Jani Silva. We are urging the Ministry of Interior to provide appropriate protection to her.



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Alicia Arango Olmos
Minister of Interior
Due to postal restrictions caused by COVID-19, please only send physical mail to the Embassy
Email: [email protected]

Ambassador Francisco Santos
Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 387 8338
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Minister Arango,

I am writing to express concern for the safety of Jani Silva, a human rights defender from the Association for the Integral and Sustainable Development of the Amazon Pearl (ADISPA), advocating for peace and environment protections in Putumayo.

Jani has denounced different incidents since the COVID-19 quarantine started. On 17 and 22 April, she heard gun shots near her home and noise from irregular movement of people and a motorcycle. On March 26th, Inter-Ecclesiastical Commission of Justice and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz) received information of an ongoing plan to kill her.

I urge you to grant Jani Silva with an armored vehicle for her transportation; give her access to a protected boat to ensure her transportation back and forth from the Peasant Reservation Area of the Amazon Pearl; and ensure there is police protection while she is at her home.

Yours sincerely,