Adil Jose Meléndez Marquez is a Colombian human rights lawyer. He is one of the few lawyers working on land restitution cases, and the prosecution of the (para)military in the northern Bolivar region. He mainly represents displaced and indigenous peoples and peasant communities.
As a result of his work, he often receives threats by the paramilitary. The state recognized the need for safety measures and has provided Meléndez with bodyguards. However, the protection by bodyguards is only applied when he is in Cartagena, while the risks are particularly high outside Cartagena, in the rural areas.
Adil Meléndez survived three attempted assassination attempts by cicario’s (assassins). He reports that he is being followed on the streets, and that his phone is tapped. Despite the threats, he is determined to continue his work to prevent certain groups of citizens from having no access to justice at all.
Lawyers for Lawyers spoke to Adil Meléndez in 2016 during the fact-finding mission the Caravana de Juristas.
In a joint letter to the Colombian authorities Lawyers for Lawyers, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, Colombian Caravana, Fundación Abogacía Española, Observatoire International des Avocats and Illustre Colegio de la Abogacia de Bizkaia expressed concerns about the imminent risk to lawyer Germán RomeroLees verder
On 27 May 2019 it was announced that Rommel Durán will receive the 24th Ludovic Trarieux Prize. He is a Colombian human rights lawyer, who stands up for the rights of displaced farmers. The Jury of the Ludovic Trarieux priceLees verder
The International Caravana of Jurists travelled to Colombia at the beginning of September 2018, to ascertain the impact that the peace process has had on the work of human rights lawyers and the dynamics of the conflict. A report ofLees verder
In a joint letter Lawyers for Lawyers, the Colombian Caravana, the Foundation of the Spanish National Bar Association, the International Observatory of Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada expressed concerns about the withdrawal of security measures from Adil Meléndez. Adil JoseLees verder