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Gerson Acosta

Gerson Acosta

HRD, Indigenous Leader
Kite Kiwe Community

Gerson Acosta was an indigenous leader of the Kite Kiwe community in the Cauca region of Colombia. Gerson belonged to a town council that participates in the processes of 'Liberation of Mother Earth'. He was killed on 19 April 2017 as he left a community meeting.


HRDs in Colombia work in a violent and unsafe environment. They are subjected to threats, intimidation, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, physical assaults, torture, killings, illegal searches of their homes and offices and stigmatisation as a result of their activities in defence of human rights.