#DefendtheDefenders in Colombia—Join the Twitterstorm!

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Author: Andrea Fernández Aponte


Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders. Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, at least 342 social activists—most of them Afro-descendent and indigenous leaders—have been killed. This year alone, the number stands at over 120.

These deaths have sent shockwaves across Colombia and the Americas, prompting the creation of the documentary They’re Killing Us, which features two social leaders from Colombia’s Cauca region. Their story will be featured during a documentary tour screening in the United States throughout the coming weeks.

Join the Twitterstorm

This afternoon, we will raise our voices in solidarity and demand that both the U.S. and Colombian governments #DefendtheDefenders on Twitter. Join us from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (EST) in calling for safety guarantees for social leaders so they may carry out their crucial work safely and free from harm.

Hashtags: #DefendtheDefenders and #NosEstanMatando

Suggested Tweets:



Since January 2016, 342 social leaders in Colombia have been killed. #DefendtheDefenders Desde enero de 2016, 342 líderes sociales en Colombia han sido asesinados. #NosEstaMatando
As of July 2018, there have been 123 murders of human rights defenders in Colombia so far. #DefendtheDefenders Hasta Julio de 2018, han habido 123 asesinatos a defensores/as de derechos humanos en Colombia. #NosEstaMatando
In Colombia, the majority of human rights defenders received death threats before they were murdered. #DefendtheDefenders Es importante resaltar que en Colombia, la mayoría de defensores/as recibieron  amenazas de muerte antes de ser asesinados. #NosEstaMatando
These threats and verbal harassment need to be addressed in order to allow defenders to successfully do their jobs and work towards a long-lasting peace in Colombia. #DefendtheDefenders Estas amenazas y abusos verbales necesitan ser abordados, para permitir que los defensores/as puedan realizar exitosamente su trabajo para lograr paz una paz duradera e inclusiva para todxs en Colombia. #NosEstaMatando
We stand in solidarity with human rights defenders in Colombia fighting for the protection of their communities! #DefendtheDefenders Nos solidarizamos con los defensores/as de Derechos Humanos en Colombia que luchan por la protección de sus comunidades.  #NosEstaMatando
The documentary, “Nos Están Matando,” or “They are Killing Us,” focuses on the senseless murders of defenders and community leaders in Colombia and how we can combat this human rights violation. #DefendtheDefenders El documental, “Nos Están Matando”, ó “They are Killing Us”, se enfoca en los asesinatos de defensores/as y líderes comunales en Colombia, y cómo podemos combatir esta violación a los derechos humanos. #NosEstaMatando