On the morning of Wednesday 9 August, the body of Idaly Castillo Narváez was found among coffee bushes in  vereda Bella Vista in the province of Cauca. Idaly had been strangled and the body also showed signs of torture and sexual abuse.

Idaly Castillo Narváez was vice president of the local Junta de Acción and was also an active member of the local victims’  group the “Mesa de Participación de Víctimas del Municipio”. While the authorities have sent a technical team to carry out an investigation there is no immediate  evidence to explain the circumstances of the killing.

This week Colombian NGO Somos Defensores will launch its new report, covering the period January June 2017, and which documents  the killing of 51 HRDs since the start of the year.