Despite having heard the term “forced disappearance” many times throughout my three years in PBI, the concept never ceases to shock me.
The day that David Ravelo recovered his freedom, his family, the people from his home town, Barrancabermeja and the press greeted him with outpourings of affection and solidarity.
Colombian human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo left prison today, 20th June 2017, after being incarcerated for nearly seven years. After having accompanied him throughout these difficult years, PBI is elated by this long-awaited news.
The bus ride of about 400 zigzaging kilometres between Barrancabermeja and Bogota seems like luxury when you think about David Ravelo.
David Ravelo Crespo is an economist, human rights defender and founding member of the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS). September 2010: David Ravelo was detained and sent to prison, accused of aggravated homicide, charges were based on testimony of demobilised paramilitaries December 2012: Sentenced to 18 years in prison June 2017: … Continue reading David Ravelo