Franklin Velázquez

Franklin Velázquez was a community leader in San Miguel, Putumayo and had previously worked for a number of years for the Instituto Colombiano de Bien-estar Familiar (Colombian Institute for Family Welfare). He was also a member of the Polo Democrático Alternativo party.

Franklin supported many community projects through his involvement in Red Unidos (United Network) and the ICBF.

On 2 September 2020, armed men burst into his home in the centre of San Miguel , shooting him multiple times and killing him instantly.

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Date of Killing:02/09/2020

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Militaba en el partido de centro-izquierda, Polo Democrático Alternativo, trabajó en el Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar.

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

Sector Detail:Citizens' rights, Land Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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