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Yesid Pacho

Yesid Conda Pacho


Yesid Conda Pacho is a Nasa human rights defender and community leader in the northeast of Cauca. He served as Traditional Authority of the Indigenous Reservation of Pitayó on two occasions, in 2017 and 2019. Due to his community work as a leader of Nasa people in the northeast of Cauca, he has been the subject of multiple death threats by armed groups. As a result, the community was granted protection measures by the government, including a protection scheme assigned by the National Protection Unit (UNP).


The last couple of years of a peace process has raised hopes for an end to the decades long conflict that has plagued Colombia. However, the negotiations between the government and the FARCs have not had a significant impact on the safety and security of human rights defenders in the country, which remains one of the countries with the highest rates of killing of HRDs in the world.