Protect Colombian Human Rights Leader Ricardo Esquivia

From Witness for Peace: Ricardo Esquivia, a renowned Colombian human rights lawyer, peace advocate, religious leader will be arrested by the military on false charges of being a guerrilla if we don't stop it.

In 2005, Ricardo moved from Colombia's capital to work more closely with communities and churches hard hit by the war on the Caribbean coast. That year he founded Sembrandopaz with the goal of accompanying community processes of justice and peacebuilding in Montes de María and the Caribbean region of Colombia. Since 2012, Sembrandopaz has been supporting a community movement of the High Mountain Zone in Montes de María. This movement carried out a peace march from April 5 to 8 of 2013 to demand a dialogue with local, state and national governments, which began in San Jacinto on April 7th and continues today.

The threats began shortly after the peace march. 
On September 13, a threatening letter signed by paramilitaries claimed community organizers were members of the FARC guerrillas. Just days later, prosecutors arrested one of the threatened community leaders, alleging that he is a member of the FARC and charging him with criminal conspiracy, homicide, forced displacement, extortion, and other charges.
Now a well-placed source has told Ricardo that he i next. This source has indicated that the military is preparing to arrest Ricardo, alleging that he is also a member of the FARC. You can help protect Ricardo. Click here to contact your members of Congress and the U.S ambassador to Colombia.

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