Colombia: The rise in attacks against human rights defenders is the main challenge in implementing the Peace Agreement

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in November 2016, there has been an increase in threats against and killings of human rights activists in Colombia, including people in social leadership positions. The limited measures taken by the Colombian state have so far failed to mitigate the risks facing those who defend the rights of victims of the internal armed conflict, human rights linked to land, and collective rights. This disheartening situation is largely the result of the power vacuums left following the demobilization of the FARC guerrilla movement and the lack of action by the state to increase its presence in historically neglected territories which were weakened by the armed conflict.

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