• Jesuit priest, Javier Giraldo Moreno, the founder of
CINEP’s Human Rights and Political Violence Data Bank, has been persecuted over
many years. Father Javier has been threatened, and criminal charges have been
brought against him. He has been the victim of illegal surveillance, and there
have been plots to make attempts on his life.
• During Álvaro Uribe’s term in office, the
Administrative Department of Security (DAS), a unit attached to the Presidency
of the Republic, profiled, followed, and kept members of CINEP/PPP under
• The SIVEL database (the Online Political Violence
Information System) and the web page www.nocheyniebla.org, where the reports
produced by CINEP’s Human Rights and Political Violence Data Bank are stored,
are attacked on a daily basis by computer hackers. There are frequent attempts
to penetrate its firewall using spurious usernames and passwords.
• Added to the persecution, harassment, threats and
violence which CINEP staff face generally, and the violations of data security
and digital privacy, the Centre’s researchers, involved in documenting the
general violence in the country, face heightened risks.
the face of all this,] the CINEP/PPP team continues to work according to the
guidelines and inspirations of the Jesuit tradition: its focus is social
justice with an emphasis on working in solidarity with the poor and excluded.