Ever Edwuardo Velásquez Cuellar

Ever Edwuardo Velásquez, was a member of the Junta de Acción Comunal (Community Action Board) of the community of José María in Puerto Guzmán, Putumayo.

On 8 October, 2020, three armed men arrived in the village and went from house to house looking for Ever Edwuardo and intimidating the other members of the community. When they found Ever Edwuardo they shot him in front of the other villagers. He died instantly.

A spokesperson for the  Red de Derechos Humanos Putumayo (Human Rights Network of Putumayo) highlighted the fact that 5 Alertas Tempranas (Early Warning Notices) have been issued by the authorities in recent months. This shows how dangerous the situation is for leaders of peasant, indigenous and afrodescendant communities in the area.

The killing was carried out by an armed criminal group named the Grupo Sinaloa AKA the Comando de la Frontera. This group is part of a larger group which calls itself the Frente Carolina Ramírez.

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Date of Killing:08/11/2020

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Integrante de la Junta de Acción Comunal del corregimientoJAC corregimiento José María

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

Sector Detail:Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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