Wilmer Orlando Anteliz GonzalezCases
- Location of case in SG report
- Relevant SG report
- Year of the report
- From Country
- Country Geolocation
- Country Geolocation (linked Cases)
- From Region
- UN body that raised the case prior to the SG report
- Assistant Secretary-General
- Dates of prior UN action
- 15 November 2018
- Type of record
- Named individual
- Was the victim a foreign national?
- Was the victim a minor?
- Individual's/organization's activity
Lieutenant; key protected witness of a criminal investigation by the National Prosecutor’s Office
- Type of rights defended
- Accountability & impunity
- Was the victim a civil servant, member of the security forces or of the judiciary?
- Reported trigger of reprisal
for cooperating with OHCHR in Colombia. Lieutenant Anteliz is in contact with OHCHR in Bogotá as key witness and whistle-blower in a criminal investigation on alleged links between a criminal armed group and members of the National Police Department in Tolima.
- Engagement with UN body
- OHCHR: OHCHR Field office
- Dates of engagement
- Type of attempted engagement
- Submission of information to UN
- Dates of mentioned reprisals
- Reprisal information
prompted acts of intimidation and reprisals against him, including disciplinary investigations, demotions, unsolicited transfers, and lack of adequate protection measures. He and his family have also received death threats.
- Types of reprisals suffered
- Family/friends/acquaintances targeted
- Profession-related reprisal
- Threats/Intimidations (incl. "fear of reprisal")
- Alleged/likely perpetrators
- State actors
- Was the reprisal based on new legislation?
- Does the report make general comment about country’s environment for engagement with UN?
- Is the country cited for a "pattern of reprisal" in the context of this case?
- Is a pattern of reprisals mentioned otherwise in the context of this case?
- Does the report cite "self-censorship" as an issue in the context of this case?
- How many times has the case been followed up in subsequent SG reports?
- In which SG report was this case followed up on? 0
- Follow up information provided in SG report 0
The case of Mr. Wilmer Orlando Anteliz Gonzalez, a protected witness in a criminal investigation by the National Prosecutor’s Office, was included in the 2019 report of the Secretary-General (A/HRC/42/30, Annex I, para. 25) on allegations of disciplinary investigations, demotions, unsolicited transfers, death threats and lack of adequate protection measures for cooperating with OHCHR in Colombia. During the reporting period, Mr. Anteliz has allegedly continued to be subject to reprisals, including intimidation against his subordinates to produce false testimonies against him, as part of a smear campaign purportedly directed by high ranking officials of the National Police. Some of the acts of surveillance, threats and harassment of subordinates and their families were denounced formally to the Attorney General’s Office in October 2019. Names and details of those affected cannot be provided for fear of reprisals.
On 13 July 2020, the Government responded to the note verbale sent in connection to the present report. Regarding the case of Lieutenant Anteliz, it informed that the National Police does not have record of the case where he is a witness in a criminal investigation by the National Prosecutor’s Office, and provided a list of ongoing disciplinary investigations. The Government also provided detailed information on the protection measures afforded to Lieutenant Anteliz, according to the assessment of risk associated with his active service.
- Followup Trends 0
- Deterioration/further reprisals
- Did the government respond? 0
- In which SG report was this case followed up on? 1
- Follow up information provided in SG report 1
The case of Mr. Wilmer Orlando Anteliz Gonzalez, a protected witness and whistleblower in a criminal investigation by the National Prosecutor’s Office on alleged links between a criminal armed group and members of the National Police Department in Tolima, was included in the 2020 and 2019 reports of the Secretary-General.136 Mr. Anteliz had been subject to disciplinary investigations, demotions, unsolicited transfers, death threats and lack of adequate protection measures following his cooperation with OHCHR in Colombia on the investigation. There has reportedly been no progress on the case pertaining to the internal investigation of his supervisors or in the review of the denial of his promotion, despite evident legal grounds for such a review.
According to information received by OHCHR, during the reporting period Mr. Anteliz continues to be subject to reprisals for his cooperation with the UN, including ongoing physical surveillance. On 19 November 2020, a security guard of Mr. Anteliz’s protection team was transferred after he refused to send live updates of Mr. Anteliz’s whereabouts to his superiors. Mr. Anteliz was reportedly informed about changes to protection measures, but he was not given enough notice to challenge the decision on time. On 19 April 2021, his appeal to address inadequate protection measures was denied.
On 25 August 2020 two unidentified armed individuals killed the official replacing Mr. Anteliz as Commander of Police of Bachilleres of Cúcuta, an attack suspected to have been directed at Mr. Anteliz. On 15 February 2021, there was an unlawful entry and robbery in the legal residence of Mr. Anteliz resulting in the theft of a laptop, a mobile phone and USB keys. In February 2021, Mr. Anteliz was transferred, reportedly without justification, to a rural area in the department of Norte de Santander, a non-family duty station.
- Followup Trends 1
- Deterioration/further reprisals
- Did the government respond? 1