More than 120 social leaders were murdered, many of them by contract killers, rights groups tell International Criminal Court

Killings of human rights defenders in Colombia, many of them by hit men or “sicarios”, have soared since the accord was signed, according to evidence submitted by rights groups to the International Criminal Court.

Last year, the first full year of peace in Colombia after half a century of conflict, was the deadliest on record for human rights defenders, with 121 killed, compared with 60 killings in 2016.

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