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José Humberto Torres


On 12 March 2012, it was announced that a life threatening situation exists for José Humberto Torres, lawyer and human rights defender in Colombia. Through various sources it has become known that different (paramilitary) groups have gathered a sumamounting to USD 120,000 to serve as a reward for an attack on José Humberto Torres.

Presumably, the threat on the life of José Humberto Torres is related to his current role as spokesman for the National Platform for Human Rights and his involvement in legal cases against state officials. For more information on these cases, click here.

In the past, Torres has been the subject of threats. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights previously decreed that the Colombian government introduce protective measures. However, there are doubts about the effectiveness of the subsequent measures imposed by the Minister of the Interior.

L4L is organizing a letter writing campaign in order to express concerns  about these threats and in order to call for the authorities to carry out adequate protective measures. Click here to participate in this campaign. Please download these example letters, adapt, print and sign them and send them via airmail to the addresses mentioned in the letters. If you have done so, please let us know via

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