Luis Mario Tálaga Wallis

Luis Mario Tálaga Wallis, 40, was a member of the governing body of the National Union of Agricultural Industry Workers –SINTRAINAGRO. He was also the local Florida representative for the Valle del Cauca.

In addition, he was the founder of the National Union of Cane Cutters –SINALCORTEROS. He had participated in the 2005 and 2008 strikes and had been elected as a union delegate. He was part of the union’s negotiating team. He had worked as a cane cutter since 1994.

Luis Mario was last seen on the morning of Thursday 20 February 2020, in Puerto Tejado, when he left home to go to work. When he failed to return he was reported disappeared and three days later his body was found by fishermen in the Cauca River in the township of El Hormiguero, in the city of Cali. He had been shot.


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Date of Killing:22/02/2020

Type of Work:Trade Unionist

Organisation:Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria Agropecuaria (SINTRAINAGRO) Sindicato Nacional De Corteros De Caña (SINALCORTEROS).

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Association, Labour/Trade Union, Peasant Communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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