Colombian police are investigating an acid assault perpetrated in opposition to a human rights activist, Lilia Patricia Cardozo, within the nation’s northwestern Boyaca area, in line with town’s council.
Cardozo is the director of a womens’ rights NGO referred to as Plataforma Feminista Boyacense (Boyacense Feminist Platform), which works to finish home abuse, gender violence and discrimination, together with rescuing victims from the fingers of abusers.
On Monday, an unknown attacker threw a chemical substance at Cardozo whereas she was strolling in a park. Cardozo, who remains to be below medical commentary, suffered accidents within the left a part of her face, the spokesperson for the NGO wrote on Fb.
The San Rafael de Tunja College Hospital mentioned the chemical substance thrown at Cardozo affected 4% of her physique, together with her face, and her chest.
Cardozo has been a goal of demise threats since 2022, which led the nation’s Nationwide Safety Unit to approve a security protocol to guard her final September.
However the Boyacense Feminist Platform has accused Tunja’s native authorities of leaving Cardozo uncovered by activating the protection protocol too slowly.
Tunja’s Mayor, Alejandro Funeme, mentioned the protocol was applied late on February 14, as a result of lack of funds.
Native police are investigating the incident and dealing to establish the attacker, who faces a fees of femicide.
Girls and human rights defenders are notably in danger in Colombia. In 2022, 614 circumstances of femicide have been reported, in line with Colombia’s Legal professional Common’s Workplace.
Since 2016, greater than 500 human rights activists have been killed within the nation, making it one of many deadliest nations for human rights defenders worldwide, in line with Human Rights Watch.