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Student Leader Assassinated in Colombia, Three Years After He Lost Eye in Police Shooting

HeadlineAug 25, 2021

In Colombia, advocates are demanding justice for 27-year-old Esteban Mosquera, a student leader who was shot dead in his hometown of Popayán Monday. Witnesses say two men on a motorcycle shot Mosquera near his home. In 2018, he lost an eye after Colombian riot police threw a stun grenade at him. He also participated in Colombia’s recent massive anti-government protests and had reportedly been detained by police at least twice. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is urging the Colombian government to investigate Mosquera’s assassination. So far this year, over 100 human rights defenders and community leaders have been killed in Colombia.

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