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Anti-Militarism: News & Updates
April 13, 2015
after the forced disappearance (and suspected assassinations) of 43 college students in Guerrero in September 2014, urging the government to improve and expedite its investigation
April 12, 2015
attacks on Marlene Benitez, her family, and other members of the Afro-descendant communities of the Curvaradó River Basin in Chocó Department.
March 26, 2015
death threats against 14 individuals and two human rights organizations, José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CCAJAR) and the Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (CSPP). Individuals include José Humberto Torres (CSPP); Leon Valencia and Ariel Avila (Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, PARES); José Aristizábal García, Fernando Hernández Valencia and Adolfo Bula (New Rainbow Corporation); and several politicians, including Senators Claudia López and Iván Cepeda, Mayor Gustavo Petro of Bogotá and his colleague, Gloria Flórez
March 15, 2015
killing of two journalists, Danilo Zapón López and Federico Salazar, and the wounding of a third, Marvin Israel Túnchez, in Mazatenango in Suchitepéquez Department.
March 14, 2015
death threat to journalist César Omar Silva Rosales by a military officer
March 13, 2015
assassination of radio journalists Luis Peralta (in Caquetá) and Edgar Quintero (Valle del Cauca) and intimidation and threats to radio journalist Geovanny Canacué, colleague of Luis Peralta
March 2, 2015
assassinations of four indigenous land rights activists in Cauca Department (Gerardo Velasco Escue, Emiliano Silva Oteca, Arturo Andrés Galindo Bastos and Carlos Algeiro Mera Pino) and death threats to indigenous community leader Alfredo Campo Lectamo and others speaking out against these killings
March 1, 2015
harassment of two indigenous women who were key eyewitnesses in a murder trial in the Triqui indigenous community of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca State.
February 25, 2015
death threats in Barranquilla, Atlántico Dept, to Martha Elena Diaz Ospina, member of MOVICE (National Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and president of the Association of Families United by a Single Sorrow (AFUSODO)
February 14, 2015
continuing death threats from paramilitary group Aguilas Negras to Presbyterian Church leaders Reverend Milton Mejia, Reverend Jairo Barriga, German Zaraten; Mennonite Church leader Augustin Jimenez; Anglican priest Father Fernando Sanchez; and Roman Catholic priest Father Fernando Gary Martinez.