UN warns on killing of Colombia activists
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.