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Human Rights organization alerts about crisis in Colombian department

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Human Rights organization alerts about crisis in Colombian department

Bogota, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The coordinator of the Indepaz Observatory of Human Rights and Conflicts, Leonardo Gonzalez, warned about the worsening of the humanitarian crisis in the Colombian department of Cauca.
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According to Gonzalez, organized communities are under constant threat by armed conflict, the presence of criminal structures and their multiple alliance for the rents of the war economy.

He described as alarming the number of victims caused by the situation in the department located in the southwest of the country, between the regions of the Andes and the Pacific.

Gonzalez explained that, since the beginning of 2022 to date, six social leaders have been assassinated, four massacres have been perpetrated, killing 13, three people have been kidnapped, there have been two displacements, a person has become the victim of an anti-personnel mine, in addition to constant threats against the communities, particularly against leaders and defenders.

Gonzalez pointed out that the National Liberation Army, paramilitary groups and at least nine other armed groups, remnants of the extinct Revolutionary Forces of Colombia that abandoned the Peace Agreement, are vying for territorial control over economy based on the cocaine industry.

“An integral presence of the State is urgently required, not only with public forces, the effective fulfillment of the entire Peace Agreement and the non-stigmatization of communities and social organizations,” Gonzalez emphasized.

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