Rommel Durán and Leonardo Jaimes Marín are two Colombian lawyers that frequently receive threats because of their work as lawyers. One of the organizations that Rommel Durán and Leonardo Jaimes Marín work for is the ‘Pueblos’ lawyers team. This team supports members of the Pitalito community, that have been victims of forced displacement because of (para) military violence and are trying to return to their grounds. Their return has led to severe threats and harassments, probably instigated by the owner of the palm plantations that are currently on the grounds that traditionally belong to the Pitalito community.
An example of these harassments is the arbitrary detention of Rommel Durán and Leonardo Jaimes Marín in September 2013. Also, in December 2013, a group of people, amongst whom Rommel Duran, have been shot when they were visiting members of the Pitalito community.
In January 2014 Rommel Duran visited London, on invitation of the Caravana UK lawyers group as part of the celebration of the international Day of the Endangered Lawyer
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