DAVID RAVELO CRESPO SIGN THE PETITION
The Colombian Caravana has supported David Ravelo, human rights defender who works with political prisoners, for the last 3 years, since his imprisonment on 14 September 2010. This September Sara Chandler, Chair of the Caravana, visited Mr Ravelo in prison in Bogota and presented an Amicus Brief on his case. Joint declaration highlighting irregularities in the trial to mark the third anniversary of his arrest Press Release Declaracion conjunta David Ravelo
WHO: Secretary of the board of the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS), based in Barrancabermeja, Santander. CREDHOS documents human rights violations; provides legal and technical assistance to victims; provides training in human rights and international humanitarian law; publishes regional human rights reports. Mr Ravelo has spent 30 years defending human rights in Colombia, investigating forced disappearances, extra-judicial executions and forced displacements. Prior to his arrest he had received numerous death threats.
WHAT:David Ravelo was detained on 14 September 2010 and on 5 December 2012 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for aggravated murder. International human rights organisations and lawyers have denounced the conviction as politically motivated, highlighting procedural irregularities during the trial. They point out that the conviction is based principally on the statements of a demobilised paramilitary agent and former guerrilla, who testified under Justice and Peace Law (JPL) 975 of 2005, a widely-criticised law that offers reduced sentences in return for information.