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Alicia Arango Olmos
Minister of Interior
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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.