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Wed Sep 10, 2014, 04:41 PM

91 Colombian human rights defenders receive death threat over email

91 Colombian human rights defenders receive death threat over email
Sep 10, 2014 posted by Craig Corbett

The United Nation’s human rights office in Colombia has condemned a death threat sent to at least 91 human rights defenders in Colombia over the past few days.

The email which was received by dozens on Tuesday contained a “black list” featuring the names of 91 human rights activists currently working within the country. The threat was not signed and no group has claimed responsibility for the threats.

The UN has officially urged the Colombian government to publicly reject the threats and to take measures to assure the protection and safety of those involved in human rights work in Colombia.

In response to the pamphlet, which contained direct threats to the lives of the 91 named workers, the U.N commissioner said that he had worked with many of those featured in the ´blacklist´ and said that “they were making a valuable and legitimate contribution to respect for the rights of people in Colombia”.


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