Eneriet Penna

On 15 November 2020, community leader Eneriet Penna and her husband were shot dead in a rural area of Puerto Guzmán in Putumayo. Three gunmen burst into the family home and opened fire killing the parents and injuring their two young sons.

Eneriet’s husband Enod López Bergano was a former member of the FARC. Eight former members of the FARC have been killed to date in Putumayo.

According to the children 5 gunmen arrived in a jeep, three of whom burst into the house.  The gunmen killed Enod first before shooting the two boys who were seriously injured but survived. They then killed Eneriet who had hidden in another room in the house.

In a statement the  Red Departamental de Derechos Humanos del Putumayo said that Eneriet was a well respected community leader as well as being a councilor on the local Junta de Acción Comunal (Community Action Board.).

Neither Eneriet nor her husband had spoken of any previous attacks or threats.

The killing is being linked to the presence of two armed groups in the area who are fighting for control of the drugs trade in the region. Direct responsibility for the killing is being attributed to the Frente Carolina Ramirez.

On hearing of the killings the army sent in a unit to secure the area to enable the relevant authorities to carry out their investigation.

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Date of Killing:15/11/2020

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Consejal de Puerto Guzmán

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Citizens' rights, Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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