The death of another Colombian social leader, Luis Alfonso Giraldo, in the village of La Carmelita, Puerto Asis in the department of Putumayo was reported early this morning by friends of the deceased.
Preliminary reports say the community leader was attacked by a group of hooded men. Another social leader was also approached by the group, though no attack has been reported.
Due to the formation of the Territorial Space for Training and Reincorporation in Carmelita of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia troops from several fronts in the area, the presence of police, military and paramilitary forces has grown. With the murder of another Colombian activist, the number of social leaders assassinated since 2016 nears 200.
Community members are requesting an investigation into the murder as well as further security measures be taken by authorities to ensure the safety of the region’s social leaders.
In the southwestern province of Nariño, Colombian authorities continue investigations into the massacre of 13 people. The incident occurred in one of Colombia's largest coca-growing region.
As violence continues to grow, hope for state intervention wains after last week’s congressional session saw Colombian senators fail to pass the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, which is considered by many to be the cornerstone of the country’s peace process.