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Teófilo Acuña

HRD, Co-Founder & Spokesperson
Congreso de los Pueblos

Teófilo Acuña is a defender of the rights of peasant communities, who throughout his life has exercised widely recognised social leadership in the departments of Cesar, Magdalena and Santander. He is the spokesperson and co-founder of Congreso de los Pueblos, the National Agrarian Coordinator – CNA and coordinator of Cumbre Agraria, Campesina, Étnica y Popular – CACEP, all of which are organisations that promote peasant rights. Teófilo Acuña also founded and served as the leader of the Federación Agrominera del Sur de Bolívar - FEDEAGROMISBOL, where he represented thousands of peasants who depend on agriculture and small-scale gold mining. Since 2005, Teófilo Acuña been leading the dialogue between the National Government and the productive and social sector to agree on rural development planning.


HRDs at risk in Colombia come from a broad range of different backgrounds, including: trade unionists, indigenous leaders, afro-colombian leaders, activists working with internally displaced persons and on land issues, women's rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, students and youth activists, church workers, LGBTI and HIV activists.