Help Luz Estella and her family find a safer place

Ibrahim S Bangura
Posted September 2, 2021 from Sierra Leone

Dear my World Pulse family, my human Rights fighters. I write to draw your attention towards an urgent 'Call For Help' I received yesterday from Luz Estella De la ossa Gutiérrez, via twitter.

According to  Article 12 of the Human Rights Declaration, it says;

''No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks''

Article 13 says;

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State. 

2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Luz is a Human Rights Defender, a social-community leader,  a leader in restitution of dispossessed lands in Botoga D.C Colombia and also the legal representative, president of the Fundación Mujeres Víctimas y Restitución de Tierra ( NGO foundation)

Luz, her children and workmates  present situation in  Botoga D.C Colombia is under death threats. Their  lives are at stake. They are presently facing a very delicate security situation.

The people whom herself and her organisation are trying to prosecute   often  called her on phone threatening to kill her, her children, husband and workmates because of their social work as a Human Rights Defenders and leaders in dispossessed lands.

In a conversation we had on Twitter and WhatsApp, she said herself and the rest of her love ones don't  longer know what else to do and they what to leave Botoga D.C Colombia as soon as possible but her, her children, workmates need human rights and peace keeping leaders to come to their aid.

They have  filed the pertinent complaints with the government entities prosecutor, attorney, police, presidency, Ombudsman's Office but nothing has been done rightfully.

This peace builder and Human right defender together with her family need urgent support. She asked me to reach out to fellow human rights defenders by sharing her story with the world.

You can contact her here 

[Personal contact details removed by moderator]

Organisation's Website 

https://fundacionmujeresvictimasyrestituciondetierrasong.com

I have also attached all documents and photos of her, her family and team

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 03, 2021
Sep 03, 2021

Hi Ibrahim,

Thanks for sharing this plea for help. How scary. I hope her, her family and colleagues will stay safe. Please keep us posted on how it goes.

Ibrahim S Bangura
Sep 03, 2021
Sep 03, 2021

Hi Jill, thanks for the comment. Sure I will keep you all posted. Ana, the World Pulse head of Advocay shared with me some helpful organisation websites to seek for support so Luz is currently working on that.

Jill Langhus
Sep 06, 2021
Sep 06, 2021

You're welcome. Great.

Melania Guevara Ramírez
Sep 03, 2021
Sep 03, 2021

Por favor si Ayudemos a compartir su historia muchas personas acá en colombia sabemos que es una realidad lo que ella está viviendo con su familia una gran persona uña mujer dedicada a su labor social excelente ser humano excelente DDHH

Ibrahim S Bangura
Sep 03, 2021
Sep 03, 2021

Thank you for the comment. I hope I can read this in English.

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 04, 2021
Sep 04, 2021

Hii Ibrahim - to translate any content on World Pulse into English (or any other language) - just click the "translate" button in the top right of the page (next to My Pulse). Then select your language. Hope that helps!

Ibrahim S Bangura
Sep 04, 2021
Sep 04, 2021

Thank you Dawn

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 21, 2021

I am so glad that Luz Estella's situation is known here on World Pulse.