UN warns on killing of Colom­bia ac­tivists

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3 More than 100 hu­man rights de­fend­ers were killed in Colom­bia last year, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions, which urged more ac­count­abil­ity and bet­ter pro­tec­tions.

Ac­tivists have been par­tic­u­larly at risk in re­gions that were va­cated by rebel fight­ers un­der a peace agree­ment signed in 2016, leav­ing a power vac­uum, the UN’s hu­man rights of­fice in Colom­bia said. The peace ac­cord signed by the Colom­bian gov­ern­ment and the Revo­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia (Farc) ended a civil war that had lasted half a cen­tury.

More than half of the 105 rights ac­tivists and com­mu­nity lead­ers killed last year were gunned down by hit­men, the UN said.

By com­par­i­son, in 2016, 127 rights de­fend­ers and com­mu­nity lead­ers were killed, up from 59 in 2015 and 45 in 2014, ac­cord­ing to UN fig­ures.

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