The Bogotá office of Colombian human rights organization COSPACC was robbed and looted. Electronic and hard-copy files containing information about human rights violations are missing.
On 23rd of January, after entering the building, COSPACC managers noticed that their office doors were opened and locks were damaged. The managers immediately called the police and with their presence entered the offices. They found that the drawers of the desks, library and archive were opened; external hard drives and memory sticks with electronic archives, hard-copy files and photo cameras were taken.
COSPACC workers have noticed that the main entry door to the building was not damaged and that some valuable items, such as computers, were not stolen from the office.
Calling on the authorities to provide immediate protection and ensure safe work conditions for human rights defenders and leaders.
Calling on the authorities to investigate the incident in a timely manner and make the findings of the investigation public.
Calling on the Ministry of Interior and Justice to provide sufficient prevention mechanisms to stop any act that undermines the integrity of COSPACC workers.
Calling on the authorities to recognize the vulnerability of social organizations and human rights defenders and comply with constitutional mandates and national and international standards of human rights protection.
Calling on the United Nations system, human rights protection bodies, social organizations, state institutions, International NGOs to show their support and solidarity with COSPACC.
Please send appeals to:
JUAN MANUEL SANTOS
Presidente de la República
Casa de Nariño Carrera 8 No. 7 -26 edificio administrativo calle 7 no. 6-54 Bogotá D.C.
Colombia- conmutador (571) 5629300
Vicepresidente de la República
Carrera 8 No.7-57 Bogotá D.C. Teléfonos (571) 4442120, 4442122
FERNANDO CARRILO FLOREZ
Ministro del Interior
Carrera 8° no. 7 – 83 Bogotá D.C.
EDUARDO MONTEALEGRE LYNETT
Fiscal General de la Nación
Diagonal 22B No. 52-01 (ciudad salitre) Bogotá D.C.
conmutador: 57(1) 5702000 – 4149000
JORGE ARMANDO OTÁLORA GÓMEZ
Defensor del Pueblo
Calle 55 No. 10 – 32 Bogotá D.C.
Procurador General de la Nación
Cra. 5 No.15 – 60 Bogotá D.C.
018000 910 315 – Línea reducida: 142 – PBX: (571) 5878750
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / webmaster@procuradur