Nelly Amaya Perez

Nelly Amaya Pérez was shot dead on the of 16th January 2016, in her home town of San Calixto, in the department of Norte Santander, Colombia.

Nelly was a human rights defender, political activist and mother of three children. She was currently president of Acción Comunal of the district of Guamalito and a member of Asociación Campesina del Catatumbo – Ascamcat (Peasant Association of Catatumbo), created in 2005 to promote the land rights of campesinos and indigenous communities in the Catatumbo region of Colombia and to defend their access to natural resources. She was also a member of the Norte Santander chapter of the Movimiento de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes), a national human rights organisation working with victims of armed conflict, that monitors and seeks justice for human rights violations committed by the State and paramilitaries.


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Region:Americas

Country:Colombia

Department/Province/State:Norte de Santander

Sex1:Female

Age:50

Date of Killing:16/01/2016

Previous Threats:No

Type of Work:Community leader

Organisation:JAC en el Barrio Guamalito, municipio de San Calixto

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

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights, Land Rights, Peasant communities

More information:Front Line Defenders

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