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02 Dec 2020 | 02:11 AM UTC

Colombia: Indigenous leader killed in Cauca department on November 30

Indigenous leader killed in Cauca department on November 30; heightened security presence expected in the near term



An indigenous leader was killed on Sunday, November 30, in the municipality of Suarez (Cauca department) by unknown assailants. According to local sources, the man had recently moved to the area with his family to petition for increased civil rights amongst the indigenous community of Colombia. The Cauca regional government has vowed to increase security patrols in the department due to the ever-deteriorating security situation in the region, especially against members of the indigenous community in recent years. An investigation into the incident has been launched by local authorities. 

Local security officials have launched an investigation into the incident and a heightened security presence is anticipated in the area in the near term


Individuals in the region are advised to anticipate a heightened security presence in the near term, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

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