José Antonio Navas

The Campesino Association of Catatumbo (Ascamcat) denounced on Thursday the murder of peasant leader José Antonio Navas, in the Miramonte village of the Colombian municipality of Tibú, by armed men who shot him repeatedly.

According to Ascamcat, Navas was a director of the Community Action Board of the Vereda El Líbano and a member of the Peasant Guard. In addition, he was registered in the National Comprehensive Program for the Replacement of Illicit Crops (PNIS) and supported the creation of the Peasant Reserve areas.

In the region, 15 social leaders have been killed so far this year. That figure is among the 226 leaders and human rights defenders who have died violently between January 1 and November 17 of this year, according to the report “Todos los Nombres – Todas las Caras”, published recently by the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz).

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Department/Province/State:Norte de Santander


Date of Killing:29/11/2018

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:Junta de Acción Comunal de la Vereda El Líbano

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

Sector Detail:Peace Building, Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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