The Colombian Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) reports that 290 ex-combatants have been murdered in the country since the peace agreement was signed in 2016.
The figure was updated after a new assassination attempt was recorded in Caquetá in which Jorge Eliecer Garzón Manrique – of the disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – was killed by a group of armed men.
According to Indepaz, a total of 41 ex-guerrillas have been killed so far this year. In the case of Garzón, he went through a reintegration process in the city of Florencia.
Indepaz has denounced that he was murdered by a group of hit men hired by the paramilitary group at 6 p.m. in the Siete de Agosto neighborhood. In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the ombudsman issued an early warning of possible attacks on former combatants.
This warning alluded to the increase in threats, killings, evictions, recruits and prison terms against social leaders, ex-combatants and human rights defenders, among others. Irregular armed groups and the so-called Puntilleros, the so-called Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, as well as the Black Eagles are present in the crime scene.