JOINT DECLARATION OF REJECTION TO THREATS TO PEOPLE´S LIVES AND PHYSICAL INTEGRITY
June 8, 2018

The signatory institutions, companies and organizations,

As a result of homicides, threats, attacks and intimidation carried out against some citizens, including social leaders and human rights defenders;

Considering the obligations of the Colombian State under international and regional human rights treaties such as the American Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the need to strengthen its application to make them effective;

Considering the initiatives of the human rights organizations within the United Nations that recommend scaling up actions aimed at the protection of citizens in general, with emphasis on social leaders and human rights defenders;

Considering that the Colombian Constitution establishes the duty of the State to protect all persons residing in Colombia and establishes, in the development of fundamental rights, that the right to life is inviolable, that every person is guaranteed the freedom to express and disseminate their thoughts and opinions, and that peace is a right and a duty of obligatory compliance;

Considering the initiative of the Regional Center of Responsible Enterprises and Entrepreneurship CREER, a civil society organization that develops actions to strengthen the exercise of human rights in the framework of business activities, which has the support of the Presidential Council for Human Rights to design and activate a roadmap and protocol in order to articulate public and private actions that promote the prevention of human rights violations against people´s lives and physical integrity. (Click on title to view entire document)

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