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    COLOMBIA       Members of organizations involved in demonstrations organized by the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado, MOVICE)

    On 6 March, a coalition of human rights organizations, trade unions, indigenous groups and other organizations participated in a series of demonstrations in Colombia and around the world. The demonstrations condemned human rights violations committed by the Colombian security forces and army-backed paramilitary groups. Those who belong to organizations believed to have been involved in the demonstration have been threatened or killed, both before and since the march.


    On 11 March a number of organizations, many of which participated in the 6 March events, received a death threat via email, purportedly from the paramilitary Metropolitan Front of the Black Eagles in Bogotá (Aguilas Negras – Bloque Metropolitano de Bogotá). The threat accused the organizations of being "guerrillas" and named them as "military targets". The email said: "You used the march on 6 March this year to bring us down further and turn people against us, we will begin to kill you one by one, we mean business, and we won’t leave any loose ends” (Ustedes utilizaron dicha marcha del 06 de marzo del presente presente (sic.) año para undirnos (sic.) mas y poner la gente en contra nuestra, comenzaremos a matarlos uno por uno. Vamos a ser implacables no dejaremos cabo suelto). It goes on to say “Watch out you sons-of-bitches, your days are numbered” (Ojo hijos de perra que sus dias estan contados). The threat included photographs taken of one of the marches and said “we will start to disappear left-wing leaders such as….” (Comenzaremos a desaparecer líderes y dirigentes de izquierda como…..). It gives a list of 28 individuals18 of whom are women and many of whom belong to human rights, indigenous and other organizations which participated in the march that they say they plan to abduct. The threat also included the names of several human rights organizations, trade unions, and other groups.


    A number of trade unionists and human rights activists, some of whom were closely involved in organizing events or whose organizations participated in them, were killed or threatened just before or soon after 6 March. On 4 March, Carmen Cecilia Carvajal, a member of the trade union ASINORT was killed in Ocaña, Norte del Santander Department. On 8 March, Leonidas Gómez, of the UNEB banking union, was found dead in his apartment in Bogotá. On 7 March, Gildardo Antonio Gómez of the teachers’ union ADIDA, was killed in Medellín. On 12 March, the body of Carlos Burbano, a leader from the health union ANTHOC and organizer of the march in southern Colombia, was found dead in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá department.


    Adriana González, a member of the human rights group CPDH and organizer of the march in Pereira, Risaralda Department, survived an apparent attempt on her life when gunmen fired on her house on 29 February. Iván Cepeda, a leading member of the coalition group, the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado, MOVICE) and one of the main organizers of the March demonstration also received email death threats before and after the march.