Maria Magdalena Cruz Rojas

Campesina leader Maria Magdalena Cruz Rojas, known to her loved ones as Elena, was assassinated at home in front of her husband and her son on 30 March 2018 by unidentified hooded hit men, according to the Foundation for the Defense of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights in Eastern and Central Colombia, (DHOC.)

According to a DHOC communique circulated by the Coordination Committee of Coca, Amapola and Marijuana Growers (COCCAM,) Cruz Rojas headed a governmental movement to grow alternatives to coca in Mapiripán, in the central region of Meta. The statement describes her as an “untiring fighter” when it came to improving the well being of the local community.

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Date of Killing:30/03/2018

Organisation:Assisted the government with programs meant to substitute coca crops with alternative crops

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

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Land Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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