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Parliamentary questions
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5 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001681-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Francisco Assis (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR upsurge of violence directed at social and human rights activists in Colombia
 Answer in writing 

Despite the atmosphere of calm emanating from Colombia in the wake of the peace process, the country is entering a dark period of violence directed at civil society activists. In 2018, ‘Somos Defensores’, an NGO working for the protection of human rights activists in Colombia, was the target of 805 attacks. 155 leading social and human rights activists were murdered, the highest number ever since the organisation began to record such crimes. As indicated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, this climate of hostility and violence could seriously endanger the reconciliation process and undermine the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

Given that the EU has been accompanying and supporting the peace process in Colombia, how does the High Representative intend to make it clear to the Colombian Government that this wave of violence targeting social activists risks significantly undermining the process? Will she urge the authorities to respond appropriately and implement the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for Colombia?

Original language of question: PT 
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