Today is your last chance to send a fax to the Colombian president in support of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó.
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó defends its right not to be drawn into Colombia’s armed conflict. More than 170 of its members and other local people have been killed or “disappeared“ since 1997.
On 4 February paramilitaries shot at a member of the Peace Community. This is just the latest attack against Community members and local people. Paramilitaries, acting alone or with the security forces, are responsible for most attacks but some are carried out by guerrilla forces. 21 February marks the seventh anniversary of the killing of eight members of the Community, including four children, by paramilitaries operating with the armed forces. In most cases, the Peace Community cannot get justice for human right abuses. We are campaigning to end impunity and achieve greater protection for the Peace Community.
For more on this story, visit: Amnesty International | Working to Protect Human Rights.