Human Rights First | 9/22/2009 12:00:00 AM
UN Expert Voices Rights Concerns in Colombia
Sept 22--Colombian activists subject to execution, threats, arbitrary detention
Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, found that activists were subject to the full gamut of human rights violations including killings, torture, threats and unfounded criminal proceedings and were targeted “because of their legitimate work in upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
“The Colombian government should end trumped-up criminal charges and unfounded terrorist smear campaigns against activists, and not remain deaf to a growing chorus of international concern,” said Andrew Hudson, Senior Associate at Human Rights First. “A vibrant civil society is critical to strengthening the rule of law in Colombia,” he concluded.
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