PBI-Colombia accompanies CAJAR lawyers’ collective at meeting with Embassies following threats against its members

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The José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR) has posted:

“Attention. Today we met, in the company of @PBIColombia, with representatives of the [Embassies of] Belgium, Chile, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as with the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, the European Union, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Central America and the Caribbean, who expressed solidarity with @Ccajar for the threats that persist against its members and offered support in the search for guarantees for their lives and for the exercise of their work as human rights defenders.”

They also posted:

“Representatives of embassies and human rights organizations also heard some concerns from @Ccajar against police abuse, the murder of social leaders and defenders, as well as the little progress in terms of impunity and dismantling of criminal structures, among other issues.”

Recent statements from CAJAR include:

January 22, 2024: “The José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (Cajar) denounces to the public that the current president of the organization, Yessika Hoyos Morales, received today a new threat against her life, which would be related to the case of Jenner Alfonso Mora, one of the young victims of the Mondoñedo massacre. committed by members of the National Police (DIJIN) in 1996.”

January 10, 2024: “The José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (Cajar) denounces to the public and the national and international community that the organization’s lawyer, Santiago Salinas Miranda, was the victim of a physical attack on Monday, January 8, by two women who had harassed other members of the human rights organization in the past.”

We continue to follow this with concern.

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project has accompanied the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR) since 1995.

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