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The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) denounced this Monday the assassination of another social leader, this time in the Colombian city of Popayán (Cauca department), bringing the total to 88 leaders assassinated in 2022.

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The Colombian entity specified that it is the recognized indigenous leader, a member of the Misak community in Cauca, Jesús Antonio Montano, who had denounced threats against the population by residual armed groups that are present in the area.

The social defender had disappeared on June 5 before he returned home and this Monday he was found in the same village where his home was, La Rejoya de Popayán, according to Indepaz.



“For its part, the Ombudsman’s Office has issued AT 004/22 on electoral risk, in which it indicates that in this area the risk for the population went from medium to high in the voting on May 29 and that they face facts of violence of all kinds by armed structures”, reported the Colombian body.

Indepaz indicates that the groups deployed in the area are Lasa Pamphlets of the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), the Jaime Martínez and Carlos Patiño Mobile Column of the Western Coordinating Command and the Diomer Cortes Front of the Second Marquetalia and the third Division of the Colombian Army.

For its part, the Colombia Informa platform reported that on Sunday 38 families were directly attacked on the La Cabaña farm in the village of La Viuda in Cajibío, by the Mobile Riot Squad (Esmad) together with the National Police in the same department where they were murdered. to Jesus Antonio Montano.

According to a report presented by Indepaz between August 7, 2018 and June 4, 2022, 930 social leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated in Colombia, including 126 women.

Cauca is one of the departments most affected by the massacres in the country, followed by Antioquia, Norte de Santander and Chocó. On the other hand, 11 of the 245 assassinated signatories of the Peace Agreement are women, and in that same period there have been 261 massacres, which have left a total of 1,144 victims.

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