Gerson Acosta

Gerson Acosta was an indigenous leader of the Kite Kiwe community in the Cauca region of Colombia. Gerson belonged to a town council that participates in the processes of ‘Liberation of Mother Earth’. He was shot and killed on 19 April 2017 by an assassin as he left a community meeting.

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Date of Killing:19/04/2017

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Community leader

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

Sector Detail:Indigenous Peoples' Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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