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Teófilo Acuña

HRD, Founder & Leader

Teófilo Acuña is the founder and leader of FEDEAGROMISBOL, the Federation of Agro-Miners in the South of Bolívar, Colombia. He represents thousands of small-scale campesinos who are dependent on gold-mining and agricultural work.  He has received threats from paramilitaries aimed at forcing the campesinos off the land.


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.