Joint Declaration: International organizations request that attention be paid to the case against David Ravelo.
It is clear that the imprisonment of David Ravelo Crespo is another tragic example of the persecution of Colombian human rights defenders. This persecution is conducted through stigmatization, imprisonment and assassination. Peace Brigades International Colombia and a number of other Colombian and International organizations have demonstrated the incredible abuse of his rights to fair trial. This has resulted in Ravelo spending years in prison. He now is serving an eight-year, four-month sentence due to an investigation by a discredited prosecutor. His unjust imprisonment needs more international exposure and pressure from foreign NGOs and governments.
Ravelo´s imprisonment is not only a terrible injustice against him and the people he has attempted to protect. It is also tacit approval of the systematic oppression which has resulted in the deaths of so many human rights defenders and the impunity which their killers enjoy. Please take the time to read this PBI Colombia blog and join the struggle to protect human rights defenders n Colombia.