There are no exact numbers about the violence against environmental defenders in Colombia, but according to 'Somos Defensores', an organisation which measures violence against social leaders in the country, 370 of them where threatened in 2017. Most of threats are in regions of constant struggle for land, the environment and agriculture.
The expansion of illegal armed groups has implied, directly, the appropriation and control of illicit economies such as drug trafficking and ilegal mining, aiming at the control of territories over this purpose. According to the Ombudsman, these groups exert pressure against community leaders and environmental defenders in these regions.
1. David Nieto Yusti; Cascada de Tunurco; December 1, 2016; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 2. Adam Cohn; Man Looking at Cauca River, Caucasia, Colombia; March 27, 2017; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. Ximena0798; hermoso valle, cauca, colombia; November 16, 2014; (CC BY-SA 2.0). 4. EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid; Afro-Colombian girl; February 18, 2007; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. Taken from bbc.com 6. Adam Cohn; Gold Mining Slurry, Colombia; March 26, 2017; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).