The Afro leader Bernardo Cuero Bravo, 62, was watching a football match at his home on July 7 2017, when two men came to his door and shot him four times until he died. He was with his wife and other relatives at the time of his murder. There had been a history of previous threats and attacks against Cuero Bravo, however, these were
The only protection measures that he was given was a mobile phone and a bullet proof vest.
The National Protection Unit made false promises to Bernardo and other Afro-Colombian leaders to grant them protection. After Bernardo’s death they released an insensitive statement claiming that they did not give protection to him was because his threats were not connected to his human rights work.