Afro-Colombian AFRODES activist, Bernardo Cuero Bravo, aged 62, killed by racists on Jun 7, 2017 in Malambo, Atlantico, colombia
According to the AFRODES association as reported by Adia News, and by Telesur Bernardo Cuero Bravo was shot in front of his family as he watched a local league soccer game. "Two men arrived on a black motorcycle while he watched a soccer game to ask if they rented apartments in the area, when Bernardo approached them to attend to the men, one of them pulled a weapon and killed him in the presence of his partner and other relatives, and then fled the place," the statement said.
Bernardo was defending afro-descendant victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. He was receiving constant threats for his human rights community work with Afro-Descendants in Colombia. A few years ago, Bernardo survived an attempt on his life and his case was submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which advised the Colombian government to increase security for him and other AFREDES members. AFRODES said that both Bernardo and and the organization had requested police protection and other protection measures due to the multiple threats and attacks received.
The protection measures gave to him years ago, a vest and a cell phone. But those objects were later withdrawn by the police, alleging that he no longer faced unordinary danger. Now, he is dead. Killed by racists.
The colombian government must give police protection to those activists whose life are in danger and they must solve the racial problems Afro-Colombian are facing. Afro-Colombian are very patient people. They have been waiting for to long to get the racial problems they face be addressed seriously by the government. They are still waiting, but nothing is happening. The government and all Colombians of good will must be aware of one fact. Afro-Colombians cannot cannot wait eternally! It should be reminded that 41 activists of afro-colombians rights were murdered in Colombia in the first four months of 2017 alone!