Indigenous community leader killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Gerson Acosta, an indigenous leader and governor of the town of Timbío, in south-west Colombia, was assassinated on Wednesday 19th April.

He was shot dead by assailants on a motorbike as he left a community meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Gerson was a renowned human rights defender in the region of Cauca and a leader of a victims group belonging to the indigenous community of Kite Kiwe, displaced in 2001 after a massacre committed by right-wing paramilitaries. He had been given protection measures by the National Protection Unit.

With this latest killing, 25 community leaders have been killed so far this year in Colombia, five of those in Cauca department.

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