Environmental activist assassinated in Cauca
News from Colombia |
on: Monday, 20 February 2017
Faiver Cerón Gómez, an environmental activist from Cauca department and president of the Community Action Committee in the village of Esmeraldas, was assassinated on Sunday 19 February. Faiver was shot at least 15 times as he returned home on his motorbike.
Faiver had played a prominent role campaigning for the protection of the local environment in southern Cauca, particularly against illegal mining and the forced eradication of coca crops. On 7 February the local community had organised a march against forced eradication and had recently set up a roundtable to discuss this issue with the government. Faiver was killed after attending one of these meetings.
With his killing, at least 19 community leaders have been killed so far this year. While President Santos called for an investigation into this latest killing, numerous civil society groups have expressed fear at the government's failure to protect activists' lives as the peace deal is being implemented.