Online lunchtime talk ‒ Defending human rights in Colombia
1 June 2016, 01:15pm ‐ 02:15pm
Join us online on Wednesday, 1 June at 1:15pm to hear CAFOD's Colombian partners talk about their experiences as human rights defenders. We will be joined by Liney Contreras, Hildemaro Cruz Borja, Maria Nubia Vera Londoño and Monseñor Héctor Fabio Henao.
Human rights defenders in Colombia play a key role in defending marginalised and vulnerable communities and exposing abuses committed by legal and illegal armed actors. Consequently, they are at particular risk of attack, intimidation, stigmatisation, persecution, displacement, or even death. In 2015, 63 defenders were killed in Colombia. The defenders most at risk are those living outside the major cities and often those in rural areas advocating for the return of lands from which they have been displaced. Attacking and silencing defenders has a profound impact on the continuation of the conflict because achieving truth, justice and reparation are essential to building a sustainable peace.
The EC funded project with CAFOD and our Caritas partner SNPS focusses on four dioceses in regions prioritised by the Colombian government under the new land restitution programme.