As part of Chambers’ ongoing work with Colombian human rights defenders, 1MCB was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Rommel Duran Castellano.

Rommel is a human rights lawyer based in Bucaramanga: like many of his colleagues, he regularly faces attacks, threats and stigmatisation on account of his work representing victims of human rights violations in rural areas, where forcibly displaced small-scale producers are attempting to return to the land previously expropriated from them.

Rommel is particularly well known for his work on behalf of the Pitalito community, forcibly displaced in 2010 to make way for palm tree plantations and mining activity.  Further information about the case can be found here.