PBI-Colombia accompanied CAJAR lawyer Sebastián Escobar Uribe receives death threat

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On March 3, the IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers posted that CAJAR lawyer Sebastián Escobar Uribe was threatened on February 22.

IAPL explains:

Sebastián Escobar Uribe is one of the CAJAR lawyers who participated in the documentation of extrajudicial executions known publicly as false positives. Crimes that have been qualified by judicial operators as crimes against humanity committed by members of the security forces.

As a lawyer, in addition to the presentation of reports, he also brought action before the International Criminal Court regarding the preliminary examination of Colombia, which, among others, focuses on this type of crimes.

Sebastián Escobar Uribe received a short call (33 seconds) on his mobile phone, in which a man threatened to kill both him and Juan David Díaz Chamorro. The latter is the son of Edualdo Díaz Salgado, mayor of El Roble (Sucre), who was assassinated on 10 April 2003.

Sebastián Escobar Uribe believes this threat is related to the recent actions he carried out on behalf of the Díaz Chamorro family before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

The full IAPL post can be read at Colombia: Lawyer Sebastián Escobar threatened again in the course of his work. ProtectLawyers (OIAD) also highlighted Sebastián Escobar Uribe in this article posted in June 2020.

The José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR) has been accompanied by PBI-Colombia since 1995. CAJAR has 15 lawyers and 30 legal assistants working on more than 500 cases of human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law.

For more: PBI-Colombia accompanied CCAJAR highlights concerns about Cerrejón mine that exports coal from Colombia to Canada.

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