At least 555 social leaders were killed in Colombia between Jan. 1, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2019, according to the Ombudsman's Office on Tuesday, with 15 more cases from November and December still being verified.

"There are at least 555 homicides in the last four years that left a deep wound in the human rights and democracy of Colombia," said Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret in a statement published on the social media networks of the organization. EFE-EPA