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Weekly Report - 09 May 2019 (WR-19-18)

COLOMBIA: Plight of social leaders brought into sharp focus

The government led by President Iván Duque was forced on the defensive this week over its record in providing protection for civil and human rights activists after one of Colombia’s most prominent social leaders narrowly survived an attack by armed assailants. The attack coincided with the Duque administration’s efforts to amend the transitional justice system (JEP), an integral part of the peace accord with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). As such it triggered criticism that the government’s lack of commitment to a peaceful resolution of the internal armed conflict has translated into deficient defence of those fighting for social justice.

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