'We're Being Massacred:' Colombia Accused of Failing to Stop Murders of Activist


Activists in Colombia have warned that they continue to face extermination despite the coronavirus pandemic, as Amnesty International accuses the country’s government of doing little to protect them.

At least 223 social leaders—community activists defending human, environmental, and land rights—have been murdered this year, according to local watchdog Indepaz. In a recent statement, Amnesty International’s Americas director, Guevara-Rosas said, “Defenders will continue to die until the government effectively addresses structural issues such as the deep inequality and marginalization suffered by communities, ownership and control of the land, substitution of illicit crops, and justice.”

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The Guardian