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'They can't silence us': the female lawyers defending Colombia's environment

02.12.2021
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Legal team faces daily threats as it works to protect displaced families from landowners, ecosystems from mining and indigenous groups from oil companiesJulia Figueroa never leaves her house without security. She travels with two bodyguards and an armoured vehicle. Her home and office are watched around the clock. She carefully monitors any devices that might contain compromising information about her clients.As the director of the Luis Carlos Pérez Lawyers Collective Corporation (CCALCP) and one of its founders, threats to her life are a daily occurrence. The all-female group of lawyers provides legal representation to small-scale farmers and indigenous communities affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. Their work includes defending displaced peoples and victims of state crime, but also defending environmental rights, including fighting mining companies that seek to extract resources, often at the expense of the local water supply and the surrounding environment. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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