Colombian Human Rights Defender Darnelly Rodriguez in Danger! Please take action!
La defensora de los derechos humanos colombiana Darnelly Rodríguez está en peligro. ¡Por favor, actúen!
We are very worried for the safety and security of Centro Pazífico coordinator, Darnelly Rodriguez. On November 19 2021, she received the second of two death threats in two weeks. She was listed along with several other social movement and union leaders in a pamphlet that was left under the door of Cali’s largest labor federation. Darnelly is also the coordinator for the Francisco Isaías Cifuentes Human Rights Network (REDDHFIC)’s Valle Del Cauca chapter. Threats against Darnelly have increased over the past year, and already last February, she had had to change her residence. Please send the following email to the authorities to demand adequate protection for Darnelly and all the persons who were threatened along with her.
Estamos muy preocupados por la seguridad de la coordinadora del Centro Pazífico, Darnelly Rodríguez. El 19 de noviembre de 2021, recibió la segunda de dos amenazas de muerte en dos semanas. Ella figuraba junto a varios otros líderes de movimientos sociales y sindicales en un panfleto que fue dejado bajo la puerta de la mayor federación sindical de Cali. Darnelly es también la coordinadora de la Red de Derechos Humanos Francisco Isaías Cifuentes (REDDHFIC) en el Valle del Cauca. Las amenazas contra Darnelly se han incrementado en el último año, y ya en febrero pasado tuvo que cambiar de residencia. Por favor, envíe el siguiente correo electrónico a las autoridades para exigir una protección adecuada para Darnelly y todas las personas que fueron amenazadas junto con ella.
English translation of email to authorities:
I demand immediate and adequate protection for Darnelly Rodriguez, coordinator of the Francisco Isaías Cifuentes Human Rights Network - Valle del Cauca, and for all social and union leaders recently threatened in Cali, Colombia, by the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC) on November 18, 2021. In the case of Darnelly Rodriguez, the security system provided is not adequate. For example, the vehicle provided by the UNP for Darnelly has required 6 complex repairs in the last 6 months of the program. The November 18 death threat is the second death threat Darnelly has received in the last 10 days, but they are not the only ones. What's worse, some of these threats have been delivered directly to Darnelly's home and some of her family members. As one of the most active human rights defenders in Cali, Darnelly needs a security scheme equivalent to the number and type of death threats against her. Therefore, I demand
1. That the UNP provide Darnelly Rodriguez with an adequate vehicle for her transportation and protection,
2. That the case of Darnelly Rodriguez and the threats against her be reviewed by the Risk Re-Assessment Committee due to the recent attacks, her vulnerability as a mother, and the general situation of violence against women in Colombia,
3. That the Colombian government open real investigations to determine the material and intellectual authors of the threats received against social leaders and human and labor rights defenders.