Campaign Calls on Colombian Authorities to Protect Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas

Update: On December 1, 2012, Águilas Negras (The Black Eagles) killed Miller Angulo Rivera, a human rights defender who was named on the list. It is dire that Colombian authorities act to end impunity and hold the paramilitary group accountable. 

 


The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict has called on the President, Vice President and Attorney General of Colombia to implement Precautionary Measures 319-09 and protect Advisory Committee member Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas. On November 15, the organization received death threats from the paramilitary group Águilas Negras (The Black Eagles). The threat lists members of the organization and their routes to work. 

Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas has worked in conflict zones for more than 15 years documenting human rights abuses and promoting the rights of displaced women in Colombia. They have been threatened numerous times in the past by paramilitaries as a result of their work. The organization has received a total of six threats from 2010- 2012.  

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas Precautionary Measures 319-09 due to the serious natures of these threats. The Precautionary Measures 319-09 demands that the Colombia government take action to protect human right defenders and organizations like Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas.

The Colombian authorities have not implemented the Precautionary Measures or held anyone accountable for the 2011 murder of a woman leader from Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas or the 2006 arson, which resulted in the destruction of a Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas center

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