Tag Archives: Forced disappearance

“Of the 1,151 municipalities in Colombia, only 66 have not registered forced disappearances”: Erik Arellana

From 30 August 1987, the day that changed Erik Arellana Bautista’s life forever, and then became one of the most well-known activists against forced disappearance in Colombia, and of the impacts of this crime, as he is the son of Nydia Erika Bautista. Continue reading “Of the 1,151 municipalities in Colombia, only 66 have not registered forced disappearances”: Erik Arellana

“Not Alive or Dead: Disappeared”

Enforced disappearance is an international crime, a human rights violation, an endless tragedy, and permanent pain. The family member of a disappeared person will always know exactly how many days their loved one has been absent, and each day they imagine possible and impossible scenarios. Continue reading “Not Alive or Dead: Disappeared”

“We don’t do this work because of an ideology, we do it out of love, a love that is politicised and has a social conscience”: Yanette Bautista

It was a Saturday morning when the first person arrived at the office of the Nydia Erika Bautista Foundation (Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista – FNEB) and found the glass from the windows smashed into pieces all over the floor. That morning, Continue reading “We don’t do this work because of an ideology, we do it out of love, a love that is politicised and has a social conscience”: Yanette Bautista

Raising awareness and reporting human rights violations: Padre Javier Giraldo

For Father Javier Giraldo “being a human rights defender means pushing society towards greater justice and less social inequality. Colombia is such a violent, terrifying country that being a defender means defending life. It is this essential right to survive that we defend”. Continue reading Raising awareness and reporting human rights violations: Padre Javier Giraldo