Colombia: Further information: Two relatives of environmental members killed
Date:26 September 2018
TWO RELATIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEMBERS KILLED
On 22 September, two relatives of members of the Rios Vivos Movement were killed in Antioquia, Colombia.
These killings come after several others of environmental human rights defenders , members of the same
movement, affected by the environmental and human rights impact of the Hidrohituango dam construction.
On 22 September, the nephew of Rubén Areiza, a member of the Rios Vivos Movement (Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia, MRVA), was shot death by unidentified men while returning from a sport event in the Briceño municipality, Antioquia department, northwest Colombia.
Another man was injured in the attack. On the same day, the son of a former member of MRVA was killed with a sharp object in the Valdivia municipality , also in Antioquia.
These later killings came after several others.O n 8 May, Luis Alberto Torres Montoya , a member of MRVA and the Association of Artisanal Miners and F ishermen of Puerto Valdivia , and his brother Duvián Andrés Correa Sánchez were killed by unidentified assailants . A few days before, Hugo Albeiro George Pérez , also a member of MRVA, and his nephew Domar Egidio Zapa ta George were killed by unidentified assailants. These events took place the same day that MRVA organis ed a demonstration where 160 people gathered to express their concerns over flooding and the risk of avalanches in their communities , due to heavy rain blocking a tunnel built by the Hidroituango hydroelectric project. This blockage caused an increase in water levels that, according to MRVA, affected at least 45 families.
Since 2008, the movement has campaigned against the Hidroituango hydroelectric project denouncing the damages the dam has brought to the area; first as Process of Communities Affected by Hidrohituango ( Proceso de Comunidades Afectadas por Hidrohituango) and from 2011 as MRVA.
Please write immediately in Spanish, or your own language, to the Colombian authorities:
*Urging them to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of the people killed, taking into account
their membership to MRVA and their relationship to MRVA members / former members; and bring all those found
responsible to justice;
*Urging them to fully and immediately implement the collective Prevention and Protection Plan for MRVA
*Demanding them to take immediate steps to overcome the structural causes behind the threats, killings and
attacks faced by human rights defenders in the context of the Hidroituango hydroelectric project
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 7 November 2018 TO:
Nestor Humberto Martinez
Fiscal General de Colombia
Diagonal 22B No. 52-01
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
Ministry of Interior
Guillermo Rivera Flórez
Ministro del Interior
Calle 12 B No. 8 – 46
Bogotá D.C, Colombia
Salutation: Dear Minister
And copies to:
Gobernación de Antioquia
Calle 42B Número 52- 106
Further Informations: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr23/9160/2018/en/