Defending human rights in Colombia is a high risk undertaking. High profile human rights defender David Ravelo, from Christian Aid partner CREDHOS has been arrested and jailed since September.
Christian Aid is concerned for his well-being and by the threats facing others protecting human rights in the region.
In early October, our colleagues in Colombia visited David Ravelo in jail. They reported he was well. Christian Aid is also supporting a campaign for the liberation of political prisoners in the country.
Here are extracts of a letter Ravelo wrote from his cell:
'In my status of political prisoner and of conscience, for thinking and expressing opinions different from those of the establishment, I have been prosecuted, stigmatised, criminalised and victimised.
I've dedicated most of my life fighting against social inequality. To build a fair country where children cry of happiness, that is what we are fighting for.
I am convinced that (my imprisonment) aims to undermine popular movements and especially human rights organisations. I will never give in and will remain firm to my principles.
I’m immensely grateful for the huge national and international solidarity which gives warmth to the cold cell where I am, and makes it possible for me to maintain a high morale.
Sooner or later my innocence will come to light, because the truth will make us free.'