Human Rights Monitoring Group Update – September 22, 2016
The Human Rights Monitoring Group is a group of appointed benchers, established in 2006, to monitor human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.
On September 22, the Law Society released a public statement expressing grave concerns about the following human rights lawyers:
Intimidation and harassment of Colombian human rights lawyers Yessika Hoyos and members of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR)
Yessika Hoyos is a human rights lawyer whose work focuses on seeking accountability and reparations for crimes committed against the trade union movement and representing victims of other grave human rights violations. Her father, a key union figure and educator, was murdered in 2001 by military intelligence. Agents of the National Police, army and paramilitary are implicated in the murder. Yessika Hoyos’ work at the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR) also involves pushing for accountability in the case of her father’s murder.
It has come to our attention that Yessika Hoyos and other members of CAJAR have faced increasing harassment and intimidation as a result of their human rights work. Reports indicate that Yessika Hoyos and her colleagues at CAJAR have experienced a number of incidents of harassment and intimidation, including threats and surveillance by unknown individuals.