Indigenous comunero killed in southwest Colombia

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BOGOTA (Sputnik) – An indigenous comunero identified as Yaiber Alexander Quitumbo Ascue, 30, was killed by armed men while on his plot in the Colombian municipality of Toribio (Cauca, southwest).

“On the morning of today, January 14, Yaiber Alexander Quitumbo, a native of Toribio, Cauca, was killed on his plot,” the ex-senator and indigenous spokesman Feliciano Valencia, who also asked the president, said on his Twitter social account from Colombia, Ivan Duque, “stop the genocide”.

According to the indigenous communities of the region, the incident occurred in the Vichiqui village (village), belonging to the indigenous shelter of Toribio.
“The first reports indicate that the villager was in his agricultural work zone and armed men arrived who shot him several times. Unfortunately, the identification of those responsible and no capture was achieved,” said Eduin Mauricio Capaz, Human Rights Coordinator of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), according to the newspaper Hoy, Diario Local del Magdalena.
Capable added that the murdered comunero did not represent a leadership role in the community.

“We are not aware that this community member has a leadership role; however, we are concerned about the increase in murders that are taking place in the region. In the north of Cauca there are seven more homicide cases compared to (same period of) 2019 and that is something that sets off the alarms, “Capaz said.

Last Sunday, a 41-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son were shot dead in the region.

The indigenous’s death occurred after Tuesday morning, in Geneva (Switzerland), the United Nations Organization (UN) called on the Colombian Government to act against the murders of human rights defenders, since the year Past 107 of them died violently in the country.

According to the agency, so far in 2020 “at least ten human rights defenders would have been killed,” some of whom represent indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.





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