They denounce the murder of another indigenous leader in Nariño, Colombia | News

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The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) of Colombia denounced the murder of the indigenous leader Marlon Hernando García Pascal, in the municipality of Tumaco, department of Nariño.


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Indepaz pointed out that he was a recognized leader and member of the indigenous Guard, and also noted that García Pascal "accompanied the community and leadership processes within the Awá El Gran Sábalo de Tumaco reservation."

Marlon Hernando García Pascal, 19 years old, was shot by illegal groups inside his house in Panelero, and with him there are 23 leaders killed in 2023 and 1,432 since the signing of the Peace Accords in the nation.

According to the Ombudsman's Office, which issued early warning AT 045/19, an imminent risk factor for the traditional authorities, leaders and indigenous leaders of the Awá people is related to the exercise of their own government.

"Members of the communities are intimidated and threatened by illegal armed actors, if they oppose or denounce the development of illegal activities, if they participate in land restitution processes or the implementation of projects of the illicit crop substitution program," stressed the defense.

For its part, the Indigenous Unit of the Awá People (Unipa), through a statement, said that there are more than 2,000 victims of the armed conflict, 10 of them from the Awá el Gran Sábalo indigenous reservation from 2022 to March 4. of 2023.

In this sense, Unipa added that “since October 2022, the Reservation has been experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis due to the actions of illegal armed groups that leave fatalities, such as Marlon and other Awá youth.

Meanwhile, Indepaz confirmed that among the armed groups that remain in the area are Los Contadores- Iván Ríos Front 21, Urías Rondón Mobile Column of the Western Coordinating Command.

Also active are the Alfonso Cano Western Bloc of Segunda Marquetalia, the Oliver Sinisterra Front and the Hercules Consolidation and Stabilization Task Force of the Colombian Army.

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