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Mon Dec 12, 2016, 10:51 AM

94 peasant leaders assassinated in Colombia so far this year

’94 peasant leaders assassinated in Colombia so far this year’

written by Adriaan Alsema December 12, 2016

One of Colombia’s largest peasant organizations said Sunday that 94 of its regional leaders have been assassinated so far this year, a 49% increase compared to the same period last year.

The Cumbre Agraria that reported the staggering increase is a syndicate of dozens of small, regional peasant organizations.

The United Nations last week already expressed its concern over the spike in killings of rights and community leaders, with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights claiming 57 social leaders were killed and 35 survived assassination attempts.

The Marcha Patriotica, a conglomeration of mainly leftist social organization, said late last month that 70 of its members have been murdered this year, while another 232 received death threats.


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