Claudia Duque

There’s no respite in Colombia for those who try to cover enforced disappearances, the recruitment of child soldiers, the failure to punish crimes of violence and the infiltration of government services by paramilitary groups. Leading investigative journalist Claudia Duque has often found this to her cost since 2001, when she was kidnapped by officials with the Administrative Security Department (DAS), Colombia’s main intelligence agency. After the DAS spied on her while pretending to protect her, she fled abroad from 2004 to 2006. Following her return, she and her 10-year-old daughter were the target of death threats in 2008, so she fled abroad again, returning later the same year. She continues to report for Radio Nizkor, Latin America’s leading online human rights radio station.

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