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United Nations worries about assasination of activists in Colombia.

United Nations claim for more security for activists in Colombia. Many have been killed lately, like the case of Ana Fabricia Córdoba.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, Cristian Salazar, asked the colombian government to review the security arrangements to protect human rights defenders, due to the assassination of the peasant leader Ana Fabricia Córdoba, calling the killing as ” sad and disturbing. ”

Salazar requested, also, that the gopvernment must facilitate the investigations being carried out by these killings and threats against leaders of the land restitution process in the country, and placed special emphasis on the situation in the states of Cauca, Sucre and Urabá , areas where there are several popular leaders at high risk.

Salazar, who addressed the situation of the human rights in Colombia during a meeting with  hundreds of civil and military authorities, said the UN office in the country “registers with concern the continued killings, threats, theft of information, monitoring and intimidation of activists and peasant leaders in different regions. ”

He cited the murder last year of Roger Martinez, who was leading a process of land restitution in San Onofre, Sucre, as well as those assasinations of Alexander Quintero and Oscar Maussa, who also worked in similar processes in the Cauca and Urabá, and also gave the example of several members of Movice –located in the sucreno region – who received four threats in the past eight days.

The UN official described as concern the phenomenon of kidnapping and disappearance of people, which figures to November 2010, showed a dramatic outcome of 53 310 missing, of which 12,632 have been treated as victims of enforced disappearances, with an increase over the 2009 of 40 percent.

On the other hand, with respect to crimes against union leaders, he described as worrisome the fact that in 2010, 26 were killed, compared with 25 in 2009.

Salazar reported that last year was the death of a journalist and 45 media workers were threatened.

In Medellin. the funeral of Ana Fabricia Córdoba, leader of peasants demanding land and cousin of former senator Piedad Cordoba, was attended yesterday by family and also hundreds  of friends in Medellin.

The victim had reported the murder, eleven months ago, of one of her children, allegedly by members of the police.

The UN also condemned the sexual abuse allegedly committed by members of the Army in Arauca, Caldas, Cauca, Chocó, Meta and Vichada, as well as sexual violence against children in Cordoba, Antioquia and Norte de Santander.