[News] Indigenous Leader and Activist Assassinated in Colombia
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Indigenous Leader and Activist Assassinated in Colombia
25 October 2017
Colombian indigenous leader Aulio Isamara Forastero was assassinated on
Tuesday night, close to the Catru Dubaza Ancoso shelter, shortly after
armed hitmen reportedly forced him out of his home.
Colombians Launch Indefinite National Strike Against Killings
Forastero, from the Pacific province of Choco, is among more than
150 activists killed in Colombia since the beginning of this year. At
least 17 of the victims are believed to have been involved in programs
linked to the substitution of illicit crops.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in
Colombia formally condemned the killing on Twitter, stating that it will
closely follow the official investigation into Forastero's death.
The Colombian Indigenous National Organization (ONIC) and the Mission of
Support to the Peace Process, part of the Organization of American
States (MAPP-OEC), also publicly condemned the murder. The ONIC said the
assassination demonstrates that native people in Colombia are being
President Juan Manuel Santos recently said that the systematic murder of
Colombian social leaders has risen by 6.25 percent so far this year
compared with 2016. Provinces recording the highest rates of violence
are Cauca, Antioquia, Nariño, Valle, North of Santander, and Choco.
The murders are a heavyhanded attempt to limit the participation of
social leaders in politics, thus impeding the processes of
truth-building, land restitution, and environmental protection. In
addition to the killings of social leaders, former FARC members have
also been targeted.
On Monday, social organizations, campesinos and unions
throughout Colombia launched the first day of an indefinite strike to
protest the ongoing murders of social activists by paramilitaries and
Led by the Patriotic March, the demonstrations highight the lack of will
shown by the Colombian government of Juan Manuel Santos to secure the
peace agreement signed nearly a year ago with ex-guerilla group FARC,
now known as the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Commons.
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