It’s all too easy to be shocked by the human rights abuses taking place around the world without thinking of the dangers faced by the lawyers trying to prevent them, writes Rishi Joshi

According to Jorge Molano, a well-respected and internationally recognised lawyer, in 2016 a Colombian human rights defender was killed every six days. In 2017, that figure went up to every four days. Molano spoke at the Law Society as part of the ‘Lawyers at Risk’ programme about the challenges faced by Colombian human rights activists. He highlighted that despite the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), the work of human rights lawyers in Colombia is a high-stakes game.

As a young lawyer, the idea that my career choice could pose a threat not only to myse...

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