United Nations Report: Abrupt Rise In Murdered Human Rights Activists in Colombia

A sharp increase in the killings of activists and massacres have been reported in Colombia, according to a United Nations report.

The UN report on human rights in Colombia revealed that around 133 human rights activists were killed in Colombia last year, 23 percent higher than in 2019.

The report also recorded 76 massacres in the country in 2020, almost double the figure in 2019.

This, amidst growing concerns on civilians being extrajudicially killed.

Last week the UN welcomed the progress on the ongoing investigation on the rise of extrajudicial killings in the country, with the death toll reaching more than 6,000.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Liz Throssell said, “On Thursday, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, which was set up to prosecute crimes committed during the armed conflict, announced that it was investigating the killing of 6,402 people, far higher than the initial figure of some 2,000 that they received to investigate.”

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will present the report to the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

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