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28 February, 2017

Colombia paramilitaries won't stop killing human rights leaders

Communities demand security from the Colombian authorities after yet another activist was murdered in the wake of the peace deal.

Yet another Colombian human rights defender has been murdered after a violent group attacked him in the Cauca region, amid the ongoing outcry by activists over the crisis of fatal violence against social leaders and calls for the government to ensure security and protection from paramilitary groups in the country.

Eider Cuetia Conda, coordinator of organization Campesino Security, died from shots fired to his head in the municipality of Corinto, Cauca. According to local media, hooded men shot several times at Cuetia while he was at a gathering with several of his friends Sunday around 7:30 p.m. local time.

The Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest reported the murder of the coordinator in the village of Los Andes, in the north of the department.

"The comrade got several gunshots in the head causing his death," said Deivi Hurtado, coordinator of the Human Rights Network.

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