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Action Alert: Immediate Protection and Solidarity for Afro-Colombian Rights Activists under Attack

We stand with Afro-Colombian human rights defenders and peace advocates under threat.

The attack of Saturday, May 4 – when a group of Afro-Colombian peace and rights activists just escaped with their lives after an assault by armed men – calls for our urgent action and sustained support.

We offer our solidarity with the survivors of the attack, including human rights defender and Goldman environmental prize winner, Francía Marquez; as well as Clemencia Carabalí, Sofía Garzón, Victor Moreno, and Carlos Rosero; and other members of Black Communities Process (Proceso de Comunidades Negras - PCN); the Afro-descendant Women’s Association of Norte de Cauca (ASOM); and the Association of Community Councils of Norte de Cauca (ACONC).

We honor their struggle for respect for their collective territories, meaningful implementation of Colombia’s peace accord, and basic services for their communities. We amplify their call for urgent protections for human rights defenders in danger.

May 6, 2019