URGENT: Protect Colombian human rights defender Alfamir Castillo’s life TODAY
On 10 October 2012, a man pushed a gun into the chest of human rights defender Alfamir Castillo and told her that both she and her lawyer were going to die.
Alfamir Castillo’s son was murdered by the Colombian army on 8 February 2008. 23 year old Darvey was killed along with his friend Alex. The case was what is known in Colombia as a "false positive extra-judicial execution", where the army kills civilians and then falsely claims them as fallen guerilla fighters.
Last year, seven soldiers were convicted of the murders. Since the court case began in 2010, Alfamir and her family have been subject to persecution, attacks and repeated death threats. This situation has left them in a permanent state of terror.
You can help protect Alfamir today
War on Want’s partner Nomadesc, which works to defend human rights and empower Colombian people to defend their own rights, provides support to Alfamir and her family. Berenice Celeita, Director of Nomadesc, said: “The more high ranking the military officer, the higher the level of danger to the victims. That is one aspect of the mechanisms of impunity in Colombia: the intimidation and murder of witnesses.”
War on Want is campaigning for the Colombian government to take immediate action to protect the lives of Alfamir and her family. We’re asking you to stand by her today.
Alfamir said: “I’m so worried about what might happen to me and my family when I go home. In Colombia it seems it’s a crime punishable with death to speak out about injustice.”
Take action: write to the Colombian embassy in the UK