1. Why have you become a human rights defender? (Was there any particular event in your life/country that made you engage with human rights work?)
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Hello friends, I believe that in my case I did not convert. I am the result of the mixture between my peasant origin and the exclusion to which the rural settlers are subjected, the places and times in which I am formed as a person and academically (conflict zones and the public university), and the reality of violence Political of the municipalities where I lived and worked in Colombia, in addition the role of repressor of the authorities, I formed in not tolerating the silence in being a defender of the human rights. It is this training that allows me to support myself in this work despite the problems and situations of risk or disappointment.
2. What inspires you in your work as a HRD?01:01
3. What is the most challenging part of your human rights engagement?02:01The biggest challenges are:1. The militarization of life in Colombia, which means that the agents of the State are linked to the military and the police, as well as the politicians who support them, having great power of decision, influence and access to means, putting in Risk to those who seek justice and truth for crimes of state.2. These local powers are a mixture of politicians, cattle ranchers, agribusiness and miners who supported the public forces and paramilitary groups, who have stripped or benefited from the dispossession of land and that after 30 years of war against the civilian population, Han Won the war and managed to have absolute control of the territories. And they do not want to give back what they consider to have won with their war.3. The indifference of Colombian society, and in general of current societies, which are defined by consumption and individualism and no matter what happens in the neighbors or residents of the popular neighborhoods or rural sectors.4. In the current context of implementation of the peace agreements, the concern for the persecution of social policies and defenders will continue and that social protest will continue to be criminalized.
4. Do you see any change in the last few year when it comes to (your) human rights work?02:00
5. What do you think are the key elements for sustaining a strong human rights movement in your country/field?02:01