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International Verification Mission on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

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Today, July 9, 2012, the US Office on Colombia (USOC) and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) released the final report of the International Verification Mission on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia. The report includes the findings of the 40-person mission conducted November 28-December 2, 2011 which show continued violations of the rights of human rights defenders despite a positive change in discourse at the national level. The mission, comprised of jurists, journalists and human rights activists from 15 different countries, visited eight regions of Colombia and verified firsthand the situation of human rights defenders with respect to five thematic areas identified by the Campaign for the Right to Defend Human Rights: impunity, baseless prosecutions, misuse of state intelligence information, systematic stigmatizations and structural problems with the protection program for defenders at risk.