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More than 100 rights and labour activists killed in Colombia

AFP  |  Bogota 

More than 100 activists for human and labour rights were killed in this year, after a landmark peace deal between the and rebels, the said.

The deaths occurred in rural zones where the was active, and where authority was not present, the UN for Human Rights said in a statement.

In total, up to December 20, a total 105 killings had been registered, it said. Another 11 were being verified.

Colombia's government, which had a different tally of such deaths, denied there was a systematic pattern to the murders.

Under the November 2016 peace deal, the -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of -- went on to disarm and to transform itself into a political party using the same initials.

has vowed to protect the demobilised fighters and rights activists.

His defence minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, said on Sunday that "most" of the murders were over turf disputes and "struggles over illicit income."

But the UN statement expressed concern at the killings, and said agitation for human rights appeared to be the determining motive for the violence.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 07:20 IST