|TELEPHONE DEATH THREAT MADE TO HUMAN RIGHTS NGO NOMADESC IN THEIR CALI OFFICE|
|Friday, 07 January 2011 16:58|
Santiago de Cali, 6th January 2011
At 1.18pm on 6th January 2011, Maria Yinet Lozano (Nomadesc secretary) received a call on the office landline (local number 893 5308), in which a male voice said:
“Grass sons of bitches, we know where you are, we’re coming for you”
The caller used a constant beep on the line in order to hide their voice.
This is the 12th threat that has been made against Nomadesc and other human rights organisations in Valle del Cauca and Cauca departments in the past year. Despite the seriousness of the situation, the Colombian authorities have made no progress in identifying who and where the text messages, calls, threats and harassment are coming from. Nor have they taken measures to protect those working for the defence of human rights in the region.
Human Rights Defender Martha Giraldo followed
The same afternoon, Martha Giraldo, of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), observed a man in worker’s overalls on a high-powered motor bike, and a white jeep with tinted windows, outside her house for about 3 hours. When the bodyguards who accompany Martha approached the man on the motorbike and the white jeep to find out who the people were and what they wanted, both fled the scene immediately. The bodyguards are part of Martha’s protective security scheme from the Ministry of the Interior; they reported the incident to the homeland security agency DAS (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad).
What can you do?
Asociación para la Investigación y Acción Social –NOMADESC-
MOVICE- Capitulo Valle del Cauca
Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos- Seccional Valle del Cauca –CSPP-
SINTRAUNICOL Subdirectiva Cali
Red de Hermandad y Solidaridad con Colombia-
Nodo Valle del Cauca
Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible
JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERÓN
GERMÁN VARGAS LLERAS
WOLMAR ANTONIO PEREZ ORTIZ