Colombia: Another Social Leader Killed, 4th of 2018

A total of 213 social leaders and human rights defenders have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017 to date

Colombian social leader Francisco Zabala was reportedly killed in Antioquia by gunmen.

Zabala was the president of El Riso’s Community Action Board. The activist was in the company of a fellow farmer when they were both murdered in a crime-ridden region of Caceres. More than 2,000 people have fled the area due to ongoing violence.

Clashes between the ELN, the Gulf Clan and Los Caparrapo over the control of turf is to be largely blamed for the state of the region.

The town, which United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees officials is unable to enter, has been tense over the past two months, according to Nodo Antioquia spokesman, Oscar Yesid Zapata.

The organization confirmed that Zabala is the fourth social leader killed since the beginning of the year. He is also the second, in as many days, to have been found dead. The other is Jose Herrera, whose body was discovered after being reported missing a week ago.

Herrera’s body was found in the Cauca river, on Monday.

A total of 213 social leaders and human rights defenders have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017 to date.

Multiple human rights organizations have urged the Colombian government to implement more effective measure to preserve the lives of social leaders.

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