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June 23, 2023

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: Harassment of Colombian lawyer Soraya Gutiérrez

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2023 —The American Bar Association is concerned about recent acts of harassment against Soraya Gutiérrez, a renowned human rights lawyer in Colombia, and her family.

The latest threat to and intimidation of Gutiérrez occurred on April 30, 2023, when she returned home to find her house raided and searched.

Protection for the independence of lawyers, especially those who work on human rights issues, is an Inter-American Court tenet and a United Nations Basic Principle. The ABA calls on the Public Ministry of Colombia to conduct the necessary investigations into the attack on Gutiérrez.

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