Colombian Human rights defender informed of plan to kill him and his wife

June 11, 2013

On 3 June 2013, an email was sent to Colonel Julián González, Chief of Police for Sucre, Colombia, informing him of a plan to kill human rights defender  Juan David Díaz Chamorro, his wife Malena Martínez, and one other person closely linked to the family. Several other human rights defenders were copied in the email. Juan David Díaz Chamorro is the leader of the Sucre branch of the Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de EstadoMOVICE (National Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and the son of Eudaldo Díaz, assassinated Mayor of El Roble, Sucre. Frontline NEWlogos-1 condensed version - cropped

The email received on 3 June 2013 states that the assassins have been in Sincelejo, the capital of Sucre, since 1 June 2013, and that they are under the command of the ‘urabeños‘, one of the largest paramilitary groups in Colombia. It goes on to say that part of the payment has already been made and that the persons ordering the assassinations are in jail in Barranquilla, amongst them Edelmiro Anaya, who is serving a prison sentence for masterminding the murder of Eudaldo Díaz in 2003.   MOVICE has managed to collect evidence of more than 130 serious threats against its members since its formation in 2006, including murders, attempted murders, break-ins, direct threats, threats to family members, as well as judicial harassment and prosecutions, arrests and various forms of intimidation.

In September 2012 Front Line Defenders and MOVICE launched a six-episode Public Service Announcement radio campaign focusing on six Colombian human rights defenders and including the case of Juan David Díaz Chamorro.

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