Colombia: Attacks against IDP leaders continue
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||23 September 2011|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Colombia: Attacks against IDP leaders continue, 23 September 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e8ed3952.html [accessed 17 March 2014]|
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Paramilitary groups have continued to threaten, kill, and abduct IDP leaders in Colombia. In total, at least 50 IDP leaders have been assassinated in Colombia since 2002, according to the non-governmental monitor CODHES. On 8 September, civil society organisations in the department of Atlántico on the Caribbean coast reported that a leader of the National Association of Displaced People disappeared while travelling to the neighbouring department of La Guajira. His whereabouts are still unknown. On 7 September, on the Gulf of Urabá in the department of Antioquia, an area that has been intensely affected by land grabbings, a group known as the Aguilas Negras issued a written threat against four leaders working with the displaced population on land restitution issues.
The perpetrators of most of these crimes have gone unpunished, but the recent conviction of two business people responsible for land grabbing and displacement in the Urabá region was a welcome, albeit marginal, example of redress. The land had been illegally appropriated between 1997 and 2000 for the cultivation of oil palm.