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A Colombian indigenous leader and his daughter were murdered in the Cauca region

September 12, 2020

An indigenous leader and his daughter have been killed in the past few hours in the Colombian region of Cauca, located in the south-west of the country and one of the areas of the country hardest hit by the ongoing violence.

According to the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), Oliverio Conejo and his daughter Emy, who were murdered “in the Totoró reserve between the communities of Popayán and Inzá”, died.

The indigenous guard and a group of investigators have moved to the location where the bodies were found to remove the bodies and begin investigating the events, with no first knowledge of who was behind the double homicide, according to the Blu radio station .

A Colombian indigenous leader and his daughter were murdered in the Cauca regionA Colombian indigenous leader and his daughter were murdered in the Cauca region

According to the Colombian Institute for Studies for Peace Development (Indepaz), at least 211 social leaders and defenders of human rights had been murdered by Friday.

These killings are part of the wave of violence paradoxically triggered by the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC in 2016 on the struggle between rival groups to conquer the territories and businesses of the former guerrillas. The main victims were social leaders, activists and ex-guerrillas.

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