Colombia reports 92 social leaders in the first months of 2023 | News

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The Colombian Ombudsman's Office reported on Friday that at least 92 social leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated in the country in the first three months of 2023.


They register a new massacre in Colombia, number 55 in 2023

The Colombian Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo, indicated that the figure is a sample of the continuity of violence and attacks against leaders in the regions of the South American country.

Camargo pointed out that despite the more than 90 murders of social leaders, there has been a decrease compared to the same period in 2022, when there were 114 cases.

However, the ombudsman warned that the trend could increase, due to the regional elections that will be held in the country in October.

According to data from the Ombudsman's Office, in the first quarter of 2023, 22 community leaders, 20 community leaders, 16 indigenous people were murdered, which make up 63 percent of the murders registered by the state entity.

In addition, the department of Cauca was the most affected, with 17 cases, followed by Nariño and Antioquia.

"It is a shame for the State that apparently the fact that nearly a hundred homicides of social leaders and human rights defenders continue to be registered each semester has been normalized," the Ombudsman argued.

The Colombian defender regretted that the State does not observe forceful measures that guarantee the life of social leaders and human rights defenders.

The figures from the Ombudsman's Office contrast with that of the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), which in the same period of time has counted 82 murdered defenders.

According to the Ombudsman's Office, Colombia added 215 murders of leaders and human rights defenders in 2022.

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