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Death Toll of Murdered Colombian Social Leaders Surpasses 700

HeadlineAug 29, 2019

In Colombia, another social leader was shot dead by armed men on Sunday, according to local reports. The victim was identified as Danilo Olaya Perdomo, a well-known social leader who served as president of the Communal Action Board of a rural area of the department of Huila. Also in Colombia, indigenous organizations denounced Monday the murder of 24-year-old social leader Iván Mejía in southern Colombia. According to the Institute for Development and Peace Studies, at least 702 social leaders and human rights defenders have been killed since 2016 in Colombia.

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