Colombia: Allegations of illegal surveillance against lawyers and other human rights defenders | Joint letter

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International organisations are seriously concerned about allegations of illegal surveillance allegedly perpetrated by the Colombian state on at least 130 individuals, including lawyers of the José Alvear Restrepo Collective (Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo – CCAJAR), lawyers of the Inter-church Commission of Justice and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial Justicia y Paz – CIJP), and other human rights defenders such as Luz Marina Cuchumbé and Jani Silva.

According to reports published in the Semana magazine, the Colombian National Army conducted a mass surveillance scheme between February – December 2019.

The following international organisations have sent a letter of concern to Colombia’s President, Iván Duque, and Colombia’s General Attorney, Francisco Barbosa: