Members of the ASEINPOME community gather in solidarity, 2018. Their community had been attacked in May of that year. Photo credit: https://corporacionclaretiana.orgDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 70/20 HERE
On 24 April, at around 11 am an unknown individual entered the Indigenous community of ASEINPOME. The community is in the Meta Region (central Colombia). The individual set one house on fire. For the past two weeks, two high-cylinder motorcycles have been riding around the community. These two incidents followed an earlier one on 12 April when the human rights group Corporación Claretiana Norman Perez Bello reported that two unknown and armed men were present near the community. Amnesty International urges the authorities to investigate all these incidents, to identify the attackers and stop them from further threatening the Indigenous community.
The ASEINPOME settlement has increasingly been facing security incidents since the COVID-19 quarantine started, as unknown and armed people have been observed prowling the premises.