The first week of July 2018 saw a spike in the killings of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Colombia, as 9 HRDs and Social leaders were killed over four days. In light of this recent wave of murders, the UN has raised concerns about the nature of HRD killings in Colombia.
In June 2011: Leaders from communities torn apart by Colombia’s internal armed conflict brought their stories to the UK and Ireland at the start of June and told our Governments what they can do to help. ABColombia welcomed community leaders Melida Esther Guevara, from the Afro-Colombian community of Cocomopoca and Jesus Alberto Castilla Salazar, a campesino leader from Catatumbo, and Mgr Hector Fabio Henao Gaviria, Director of the Social Department of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference / Caritas Colombia to the UK and Ireland. 
Universal Periodic Review on Colombia: Briefing and Recommendations
Colombia will engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in May 2018. The UPR is a state-driven human rights review process at the UN Human Rights Council. This mechanism is used to assess the human rights records of all UN Member States. During the UPR process, other UN Member States can make recommendations to the state under review. ABColombia has written a briefing with suggested recommendations that could be made to the Colombian government by the Republic of Ireland.
On 20 December 2017, ABColombia sent a letter to Sir Alan Duncan, UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, expressing concerns regarding the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Colombia. In the letter, ABColombia asked the Minister to ensure a statement is made at the UN Security Council regarding the extremely high levels of killings of Colombian HRDs and that the UK strongly requests the Colombian Government to officially invite Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, to Colombia.
On 22 January 2018, Front Line Defenders launched their Annual Report on Human Rights Defenders at Risk in 2017. In this annual report, Front Line Defenders documented cases of HRDs from 27 countries worldwide. The report makes for shocking reading, especially regarding the situation of HRDs in Colombia. It highlights that 80% of the documented killings of HRDs were in just four countries: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines.