Colombia: Community Leader José Jair Cortés Assassinated in Nariño

HeadlineOct 20, 2017
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In Colombia, Afro-Colombian community leader José Jair Cortés has been assassinated in the southern region of Nariño. He was murdered Tuesday in a rural area where, on October 5, at least seven coca farmers were killed during clashes with police at a protest over the government’s eradication of coca crops. The U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights has condemned the killing of human rights and land defenders in Colombia, saying, “The armed conflict with the FARC may be over, but the country’s incredibly brave human rights defenders continue to be threatened and killed at an alarming rate.”

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