A new president moved into the Palacio de Nariño in Bogotá on August 7, but the political violence continues. We wrote to President Petro demanding accountability for the assassinations of five social leaders in the departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Tolima, and Putumayo over the past month.
July 16, in Cauca: 25-year-old member of the Awá Indigenous guard Kiwe Thegna Jorge Eliécer Mejía.
July 18, in Cauca: Larry Reinoso Sánchez, co-founder and legal representative of the Association of Peasant Workers of the Cordillera (Asocordillera), was kidnapped; his dead body was discovered on July 21.
August 5, in Putumayo: Kedinyon Jeider García, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Community Action Board of the Brisas del Yurilla village, Puerto Guzmán
August 6, in Valle del Cauca: Javier Usechi, a renowned 42-year-old environmental and animal rights leader and founding member of the Tatayamba Social and Cultural Collective
August 12, in Tolima: Diomedes Bermúdez Aguirre, a signatory to the Peace Agreement and ex-FARC combatant enrolled in the official reincorporation process. He became the 32nd signatory to the Peace Agreement assassinated this year.