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Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez

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Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez is a Colombian lawyer who provides legal assistance to various human rights organisations. Molano Rodríguez also assists victims and relatives in amongst others the following matters: the forced disappearances of 11 people after the events that occured at the Palace of Justice in Bogota on 6 and 7 November 1985 (a group of guerillas forced their way into the palace and demanded that a case against the then president be reopened. They took Colombia Supreme Court judges hostice and the drama ended in the deaths of tens of people, among those judges and members of the guerilla); the murder on 21 February 2005 of several members of the Comunidad de Paz of San José de Apartado (also minors were murdered and maimed by militairies and para-militaries. The Comunidad consists of residents of certain villages in the province Antioquia, who have sworn not to become involved in the conflict between the army, the paramilitaries and the guerilla).

Lawyer Molano Rodriguez also assists various people in cases where human rights organisations and defenders have been spied on by national security agencies and in cases regarding extrajudicial executions.

In the first weeks of December 2009 people dressed as civilians reported to the house of the lawyer and tried to gain access. The cell phone of the lawyer is being tapped (most likely by the national security agency) and this seems to have worsened in the past month. His office is also being watched by various people dressed as civilians and he receives threats via the internet, one of those threats being the following: « We want to make clear that if anything happens to us or our relatives, we hold the judge and her assistent the lawyer Jorge Molano accountable, may our blood poor on them ». It seems this message was sent by a former member of the national army. The partner of the lawyer has repeatedly been followed during the past months.

Lawyers for Lawyers wishes to request the local government to take immediate and effective measures to provide protection to the lawyer and human rights activist Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez and his family, to enable him to carry out his profession in absolute freedom. We also request the local legal authorities to carry out the necessary investigations in order to identify and adjudicate the people responsible for these actions.

In January 2010 L4L organized a letter writing campaign for Molano Rodriguez. View the letters that were send here.

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