Fernando Quintero Mena

On 23 January 2020, Fernando Quintero Mena was shot dead in the municipality of Convención. in the heart of north-eastern Catatumbo,

Fernando Quintero was a leader who had dedicated his life to the community for the last 23 years. He had been president of the Junta de Accion Comunal – JAC, (Community Action Board) of Guasiles village, president of the Association of Boards of the town of La Trinidad and former councilor (2012 – 2015) of Convención.

There is a high level of paramilitary activity in Catatumbo and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has repeatedly called on the government to take effective action to protect the communities.

Recently local people have reported that masked members of an armed group have been seen checking houses and asking for people by name. They are worried that there will be a repeat of the massacre carried out by a paramilitary group in 1999.


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Department/Province/State:Norte de Santander



Date of Killing:23/01/2020

Previous Threats:No

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Junta de Acción Comunal de la vereda Guasiles, Asociación de Juntas del corregimiento La Trinidad, mesa de infraestructura del Plan de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial (PDET), Comité de Integración Social del Catatumbo.

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

Sector Detail:Citizens' rights, Land Rights

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