Colombia: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th October 2019.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports by the National Indigenous Association of Colombia that 97 indigenous leaders were murdered between August 2018 and August 2019; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

​We are aware of reports that organised armed groups operate in large parts of Colombia, fighting for control over illegal economies. We share the concerns of the National Indigenous Association of Colombia about the effect this is having on indigenous communities.

We remain steadfast in our support of the Colombian authorities as they seek to ensure sustainable peace in Colombia, and will continue to work closely with the Colombian Government and civil society on the peace process and related matters.

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