Francisco José Guerra

Francisco José Guerra (38) was shot dead by unknown perpetrators at his home on the 9th of July 2018. He was a human rights defender and a community leader for over 10 years and at the time of his death, he was the president of the Community Action Board in the town of El Mandarino in Ituango.

He was fighting for peasant communities’ rights. According to an interview with the mayor of Ituango, Guerra had not received any previous threats.

On the day of the murder, two armed men arrived at Guerra’s house on a motorcycle and shot him in front of his family.

The motive and the perpetrators of this killing remain unknown. However, Guerra’s community is located in an area that has been subjected to territorial disputes between the FARC, the ELN and the so-called “Clan de Golfo.

Source: La Paz en el Terreno


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Date of Killing:06/08/2018

Previous Threats:No

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Junta de Acción Comunal El Mandarino

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

Sector Detail:Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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