Human rights defenders Juan David Díaz Chamorro, Ingrid Vergara Chavéz, Franklin Torres, Candelaria Barrios Acosta and Pedro Geney Arrieta received death threats in recent days as a result of their work in defence of human rights. All five human rights defenders are members of MOVICE in the Department of Sucre. Juan David Díaz Chamorro, Ingrid Vergara Chavéz and Franklin Torres are currently receiving protective measures from the Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos -CIDH (Inter- American Commission on Human Rights).
On 10 June 2011 Ingrid Vergara, Franklin Torres, Candelaria Barrios Acosta and Pedro Geney Arrieta received an email containing death threats from " aguilas volando" (flying eagles). It warned the latter three human rights defenders: "Hacemos un ultimo llamado de advertencia: tienen un ultimo plazo para salir de la zona...desde este preciso momento hasta el dia martes deberan abandonar la zona o seran ejecutados' ( We are giving you a final warning: You have a last chance to get out of the area...From this moment until Tuesday you must leave the area or you will be executed).