LASA urges Colombia to protect the lives of leaders, activists, and journalists

August 23, 2018

In light of the resurgence of violence in Colombia, LASA urges the Colombian Government to protect the lives of leaders, activists, and journalists. The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is greatly troubled by the increase in murders targeting human rights defenders, including social and community leaders and journalists, and urges the Colombian authorities to immediately begin a serious, impartial investigation into these deaths to determine who is responsible and punish the responsible parties according to its duties as a Social State subject to the rule of law.

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About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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