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Meylin Zendaya Gamez Mendoza

HRD, coordinator
Red de Derechos Humanos de la Marcha Patriótica en Norte de Santander

Meylin Zendaya Gamez Mendoza coordinates the human rights network of Marcha Patriótica en Norte de Santander (Patriotic March in North Santander), Colombia, a social and political movement established in 2012 to advocate for a negotiated resolution to the armed conflict, the reparation of victims, the agrarian reform and popular sovereignty.

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.