The World Movement for Democracy joins the Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) in condemning the assassination of human rights defender Miller Angulo Rivera.
According to the human rights organization Observatorio Pacifico y Territorio, Miller Angulo was shot by hired assassins on December 1, 2012 in the city of Tumaco in Nariño, Colombia. United Nations Radio reports that Miller Angulo received multiple threats from the Black Eagles paramilitary group and from the Anti-Restitution Group of Nariño.
Miller Angulo was a young leader who defended the rights of the Afro-Colombian population regarding forced displacement in Nariño province, according to his organization, AFRODES. He served as the Technical Secretary of the Municipal Board of Victims of Tumaco and was an active member of the Departmental Board of Victims of Nariño. Miller Angulo was just 33-years-old and leaves behind a wife and a young son and daughter.
AFRODES says that these threats and this assassination directed against its leaders and its regional organizations are part of a campaign to silence the voices speaking out in defense of human rights. Twelve leaders of AFRODES, including Miller Angulo, have been threatened by armed groups due to their work defending human, ethnic, and territorial rights.
The World Movement for Democracy called for a full investigation of Miller Angulo Rivera’s murder and for the Colombian government to guarantee protection for human rights.