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United Nations says criminal groups targeting Indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups in Columbia – APTN News

January 16, 2020

The United Nations says armed groups linked to criminal activities are targeting human rights defenders who work with Indigenous groups and Afro-Columbians in “staggering” numbers and is calling on the Columbian government to make a “strenuous” effort to prevent these attacks.

“According to our records, 107 activists were killed last year, and our staff in Colombia are still in the process of verifying 13 additional cases reported during 2019 which, if confirmed, would raise the annual total to 120 killings,” said the spokesperson for the UN Commissioner for Human Rights Marta Hurtado in a statement. “The vicious and endemic cycle of violence and impunity must stop.

“Victims and their families have a right to justice, truth and reparations.”

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