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  • Around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016.

    Around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 February 2020
Opinion

The FARC party expressed concern about the absence of security guarantees, "reflected in the systematic continuity of killing social leaders and former guerrilla fighters."

Another former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was murdered Sunday in Colombia, in spite of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party's repeated calls demanding the government to guarantee the safety of former combatants who are now in process of reintegration into civilian life.

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Daniel Jimenez was murdered on Sunday night in the southern town of Puerto Guzman, Contagio Radio station reported, and "his body was transported to the town of Curillo, in the [southern] province of Caqueta." Armed men allegedly attacked Jimenez, killing him after firing repeatedly.

In a context of persistent violence, the FARC party recently expressed concern about the absence of security guarantees, "reflected in the systematic continuity of killing social leaders and former guerrilla fighters from the former FARC-EP faction."

More than three years after the Peace Agreement between the Colombian State and the former FARC-EP was signed, the party insisted on the need to fully implement what was agreed upon.

The head of the United Nations Mission in Colombia Carlos Ruiz Massieu added that one of the main challenges of the implementation of the peace process was security. 

So far this year, 46 social leaders and 10 ex-FARC members have been killed, and according to a report from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), around 630 social leaders have been killed in Colombia, after the signing of the peace agreement in November 2016.

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