Amilcar Yagarí Siagama

Amilcar Yagarí Siagama was the former governor and leader of the Embera Chamí indigenous community. He was also a member of the Guardia Indígena and was, at the time of his death, acting as spokesperson for the region.

He was shot dead on the evening of 28.05.2018 in El Dovio, north of Valle del Cauca, close to his home in the Jai Kera Wera community. He was captured by two hooded men and shot four times. The identity of the killers remains unknown. It hasn’t been confirmed if Amilcar had previously received threats, but over 50 indigenous leaders have been killed since the signing of the peace agreement.

The spokesperson of the NGO Solo Indígena de Colombia stated that Movimiento Indígena de Colombia is investigating the murder and expressed concern regarding the humanitarian situation of the indigenous communities in the region.

 


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Region:Americas

Country:Colombia

Department/Province/State:Valle del Cauca

Sex1:Male

Age:68

Date of Killing:28/05/2018

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Guardia Indígena del resguardo Garrapata - ex gobernador de la comunidad y actualmente se desempeñaba como vocero del territorio

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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