Víctor Alfonso Calvo Guevara

Víctor Alonso Calvo Guevara was a very well respected peasant leader and member of the Asociación Campesina de Huisitó, (Peasant Association of Huisitó).

Victor had previously received threats and was finally gunned down on 5 July, 2020, in the village of San Juan de Micay de El Tambo.

Paola del Carmen Mena Ortiz and Armando Suárez Rodríguez were both killed in the area on that same day.

There is a strong presence of dissident elements of the FARC in the area.

When the main body of the FARC withdrew following the signing of the Peace Agreement, members of the ELN moved in and there is an ongoing conflict between them and members of the dissident Carlos Patiño unit of the FARC who are believed to have been responsible for these killings.

There is a convergence of interests between large mining corporations and international drug dealers, both of whom resent the challenges from local communities who are opposed to their activities.

Community leaders have repeatedly asked how it is possible for killers to operate with total impunity in such a heavily militarised region as Cauca.

For the civilian population, violence and impunity rule.

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Date of Killing:05/07/2020

Previous Threats:No

Type of Work:Farmer

Organisation:Asociación Campesina de Huisitó

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

Sector Detail:Citizens' rights, Land Rights, Peasant Communities

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