Amnesty International video expresses global solidarity with threatened Colombian human rights defender Jani Silva

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This letter to Jani from the world video affirms global support for Colombian human rights defender Jani Silva.

On April 22, Amnesty International launched its ‘A Letter from the World’ campaign to demand that Colombian authorities immediately take effective measures to guarantee the safety of Jani who has experienced multiple threats.

Amnesty International has highlighted: “Jani Silva has dedicated her life to protecting the Amazon and the life that exists in it from efforts by armed groups and multinational companies to take control of her territory.”

She has suffered death threats in retaliation for her work, but the Colombian authorities have not developed a comprehensive and efficient plan to guarantee her safety.

Amnesty International notes: “Since January 2020, state protection has proven insufficient to prevent seven security incidents that Jani Silva has experienced, including persecution by unknown persons, illegal digital surveillance by the Colombian Army, death threats, multiple gunshots within meters of her home, and the uncovering of a plan to assassinate her.”

In this video, 14 public figures, including artists, singers and comedians from seven countries, read aloud a letter of support to Silva.

Silva is accompanied by the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission, which in turn has been accompanied by PBI-Colombia since 1994.

PBI-Canada expresses its appreciation to our friends at Amnesty International for this campaign and their ongoing work.

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