The recent assassination of Danilo Torres in Colombia has become the number 83 perpetrated against a social leader of that country so far this year, according to the registry of victims recorded by the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz).
Torres, who He was the legal representative of the Manos Unidas Community Council of the Patía River, located in the municipality of Magüí Payán, in the department of Nariño, appears in the website of Indepaz as the 83rd victim on the list of social leaders and human rights defenders murdered in Colombia in 2021.
According to the information disclosed by local mediaTorres was allegedly kidnapped on Saturday June 26 by alias “Diego”, a man who allegedly worked for the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The event would have occurred on the dock of the San Luis path while the public force was present.
The murder of Torres, which would be the number 1,198 since the peace agreement was signed, is limited to a series of regrettable acts carried out against his family. The first of them occurred in early June, when one of his brothers was killed. Later, it was reported that, after Danilo’s kidnapping, another brother of his was also detained and killed on Sunday, June 27.
On Monday, before the news of the murder of Danilo Torres was known, the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (OAS) had manifested its “deep concern and alert“for the security of the ethnic-territorial leaderships in the municipalities of Roberto and Maguí Payán, while urging the Colombian State” to urgently reinforce protection measures. “