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The life of a defender of Indigenous peoples’ rights is at risk


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Juan Pablo Gutiérrez needs your help immediately!

I received the distressing news this week that our photographer in Colombia, our friend Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, has received a death threat.

Juan Pablo’s beautiful photographs of Indigenous men and women in Colombia – has toured cities across Canada and inspired tens of thousands of Canadians to speak up in defense of threaten Indigenous peoples.

You can imagine how distressing it has been for us to hear that his life is at risk.

Please, help us alert the authorities to ensure they act immediately to protect Juan Pablo
.
I know that your help can make a difference. Earlier this year when another Indigenous leader Flaminio Onogama Gutierrez was targeted, the Canadian government worked hard to ensure that protection was arranged.

Your message will be sent to the Director of the National Protection Unit in Colombia, and Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird, who is in a position of influence because of the special relationship that exists between Canada and Colombia through the free trade agreement.

We are taking this threat very seriously: it was delivered via envelope by the notorious Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles), a feared paramilitary group. The message warned that Juan Pablo was now a target and would be killed for his work with the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), a coalition with whom Amnesty International Canada works closely. He has received numerous threatening phone calls since.

Juan Pablo Gutiérrez is a big-hearted, creative, hard-working advocate for the rights
of threatened Indigenous peoples, a long-time partner with Amnesty Canada, and a dear friend to my colleague, campaigner for Central and South America, Kathy Price.

Will you please a send a message right away?

Please don’t let him come to harm.

Thank you. Thank you so much, in advance, for responding.

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