Colombia: Killing of Social Leaders during the Pandemic

Event Title: Understanding the Killing of Social Leaders in Colombia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Date: November 27th, 2020

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 BST | 12:00 – 13:00 UTC-5

Speaker: Dr Maria del Pilar López-Uribe

The killing of social leaders and members of vulnerable groups in Colombia has seen a dramatic rise in 2020. During the early part of the year, the number of killings was twice as high as during the same months of 2019. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and strict quarantine measures initially reduced this trend, leading to a slight decrease in killings. But as the coronavirus crisis became more normalised, a deterioration in the security situation of rural areas led to a new surge in the death toll.

Dr Maria del Pilar López-Uribe – Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. PhD in Economic development, London School of Economics.

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