Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Life in Danger (Colombia: UA 91.19)

On 6 July unknown men broke into Danelly Estupiñan’s house while she was not at home. Various human right organizations reported that unknown people made a payment to kill her. The Black Community Process and other organizations alerted the Prosecutor’s Office about the attack and the information about Danelly’s life being in danger, requesting immediate action. We are urging national authorities to swiftly and fully investigate all of these security incidents to identify the attackers and stop them from further threatening Danelly’s physical and psychological integrity.



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Sr. Fabio Espitia Garzón
Fiscal General de la Nación
Diagonal 22B No. 52-01 Bogotá, D. C.,
57(1) 570 20 00 – 57(1) 414 90 00
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Francisco Santos
Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 387 8338
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ColombiaEmbUSA @PachoSantosC
Facebook: @ColombiaEmbassyUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Fiscal Garzón,

I write you concerned for the safety of Danelly Estupiñan, a human rights defender from the Black Community Process (Proceso Comunitario Negro) in Buenaventura.

Danelly has been under surveillance since December 2018, and these activities increased in recent months, after she reported them to the Office of the Prosecutor.

On 6 July 2019, unknown men broke into her home while she was away. This latest incident came as local organizations received reports indicating that a payment for her killing was made.

I urge you to run, at national level, an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation on the surveillance activities against Danelly, the forced entry into her house and the reported payment done for her killing, considering her role as a human rights defender, and identify and stop the attackers that pose any risk to Danelly’s physical and psychological integrity.

Yours sincerely,