Being a finalist is an honour, and recognises the efforts of many years, of taking up causes which deserve to be articulated in all their legal dimensions, whether it is defending those who are imprisoned or persecuted for political reasons, representing victims of State crimes, or doing national or international advocacy.
This conviction for defending human rights has in many cases saved many lives, and I will hold it until the last day I live.
I think that great work awaits us, we will have to move forward under the jurisdiction for peace, but soon or later, the government will also have to understand that it needs to resolve the problems with the ELN and completely dismantle paramilitarism. These are tasks for all of us, and we all need to pitch in to see them through.
I am very thankful to PBI for the moments we’ve shared and for this nomination, which represents their great efforts to get recognition for organisations who work in regions with very difficult conditions.
Eduardo Carreño, Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo
*Nominated for the Prize for lifetime commitment to human rights