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Claudia Julieta Duque

Journalist, IWMF Courage in Journalism Award Winner, 2010

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Claudia Julieta Duque Biography

Claudia Julieta Duque is a researcher and journalist covering human rights issues in Colombia. She currently works for Radio Nizkor, a digital information project on human rights of the Equipo Nizkor, a human rights NGO based in Brussels.

She has worked as a journalist the last 22 years reporting on issues such as the kidnapping phenomenon in the 90s, recruitment of children by illegal and legal armed forces in the Colombian conflict, and investigated human rights topics: the impact of impunity and the right to justice in Colombia, the infiltration of extreme right-wing paramilitary groups in government institutions (including the Attorney General’s Office). She has documented multiple human rights violations (massacres, killings and disappearances). One is the Jaime Garzon case, the murder of a renown journalist and humorist killed on August 13th, 1999.

Due to her journalistic work and research on the Jaime Garzon case that began in 2001, Claudia Julieta has been a victim of kidnapping, several murder attempts, multiple death threats (against her daughter too), three exiles, illegal tapping of phone lines, mobile phone and electronic communications, persecution, other illegal activities of intelligence including the elaboration of a profile with personal details, traits, relevant professional achievements, private conversations, analysis on the progress made on her investigations on the Garzon's killing and specific instructions to carry out “offensive intelligence” against her.

In September 2003, after a public statement in which President Uribe accused human rights defenders of being “human rights traffickers”, an internal memorandum of the DAS made a reference to her using the same terms. She was charged on committing slander and libel by the DAS Deputy Director. In 2001, she was kidnapped in a cab and suffered the first death threats. One of the cars following her at that time belonged to the Intelligence Director of DAS. During the last eight years, Claudia Julieta has been considered objective and target of the Colombian State for her investigations, and has been prosecuted even outside the country, when she was exiled. This situation has generated in the journalist a forced silencing, but her strong battle has not stopped and, after these years, she has currently the proofs that make her to keep hopes that soon the justice could identify and sanction those responsible for the attacks against her.

Those responsible for the attacks are the Colombian secret police, Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS). The DAS monitored her e-mails and ordinary mail, bank accounts, relatives and friends were all investigated under illegal surveillance during the last eight years.

In addition, there currently exists legal evidence that confirms the secret police, directly attached to the Presidency, designed a memorandum ordering to threaten the journalist with killing, raping and torturing her then 10-year old daughter in November of 2004. The document has been considered an act of psychological torture by the Attorney General’s Office.

In March 2004, thanks to Claudia Julieta’s investigation, it was possible to have an intellectual perpetrator of a journalist’s murder sentenced to prison in Colombia. Carlos Castaño, former paramilitary commander was sentenced to 38 years. Castaño was never imprisoned, since disappearing in 2004. Despite the Attorney General’s Office official statement claiming Castaño was shot to death, the Supreme Court of Justice has considered that there is not enough evidence to certify this as true.

Claudia Julieta disclosed a sophisticated scheme designed within the DAS to deviate the Garzon investigation, and judges finally ordered the investigation of at least 10 DAS members, among them former Deputy Director of the institution, Emiro Rojas. However, the Attorney General’s Office has never ordered preliminary investigations against them.

Claudia Julieta was sued for slander and libel, a criminalization process that she faced during five years.

In November 2007, she discovered the existence of intelligence reports elaborated by her own bodyguards. In April 2008, she rejected Government granted protection measures due to the espionage she had been subject to.

In October 2008, the Constitutional Court issued an important sentence ordering the release of documents, videos, audios, orders and other relevant existing material against her in DAS possession, to protect her fundamental rights to information, habeas data and life.

However, the DAS did not comply to the sentence completely and destroyed a significant amount of documentation, as it was denounced by Semana Magazine.

Among the documents preserved, the Attorney General’s Office found hundreds of pages and files on the illegal surveillance on Claudia Julieta that proves she was persecuted by the DAS from 2001 to, at least, 2008. In October 2009, a few days before she testified on the attacks suffered, ten people, six men and four women, tried to violently enter her home.

On February 9 2010, during the celebration of the Journalist’s Day in Colombia, during a joint press conference with journalist Hollman Morris, Claudia Julieta accused Colombian President, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, of being responsible of the attacks she has suffered, and disclosed documents and analysis to prove the Presidency was aware of DAS operations and received reports on DAS actions against her, other 15 journalists and 300 people including leaders of left-wing political party, judges of the Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Court of Justice.

In the past, the journalist has received support from the Colombian Federation of Journalists, NGOs such as the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), Reporters Without Borders, the National Union of Journalists of the UK and Ireland (NUJ). The IFJ has issued press releases on the persecutions against Claudia Julieta, the last one in December 2009, after the revelation of a guide to threaten her found in archives of the Colombian Secret Police. She has been awarded this year the RSF-Sweden 2010 Press Freedom Award, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Ilaria Alpi for Honor and Responsibility.

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Claudia Julieta Duque Biography

Claudia Julieta Duque is a researcher and journalist covering human rights issues in Colombia. She currently works for Radio Nizkor, a digital information project on human rights of the Equipo Nizkor, a human rights NGO based in Brussels.

She has worked as a journalist the last 22 years reporting on issues such as the kidnapping phenomenon in the 90s, recruitment of children by illegal and legal armed forces in the Colombian conflict, and investigated human rights topics: the impact of impunity and the right to justice in Colombia, the infiltration of extreme right-wing paramilitary groups in government institutions (including the Attorney General’s Office). She has documented multiple human rights violations (massacres, killings and disappearances). One is the Jaime Garzon case, the murder of a renown journalist and humorist killed on August 13th, 1999.

Due to her journalistic work and research on the Jaime Garzon case that began in 2001, Claudia Julieta has been a victim of kidnapping, several murder attempts, multiple death threats (against her daughter too), three exiles, illegal tapping of phone lines, mobile phone and electronic communications, persecution, other illegal activities of intelligence including the elaboration of a profile with personal details, traits, relevant professional achievements, private conversations, analysis on the progress made on her investigations on the Garzon's killing and specific instructions to carry out “offensive intelligence” against her.

In September 2003, after a public statement in which President Uribe accused human rights defenders of being “human rights traffickers”, an internal memorandum of the DAS made a reference to her using the same terms. She was charged on committing slander and libel by the DAS Deputy Director. In 2001, she was kidnapped in a cab and suffered the first death threats. One of the cars following her at that time belonged to the Intelligence Director of DAS. During the last eight years, Claudia Julieta has been considered objective and target of the Colombian State for her investigations, and has been prosecuted even outside the country, when she was exiled. This situation has generated in the journalist a forced silencing, but her strong battle has not stopped and, after these years, she has currently the proofs that make her to keep hopes that soon the justice could identify and sanction those responsible for the attacks against her.

Those responsible for the attacks are the Colombian secret police, Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS). The DAS monitored her e-mails and ordinary mail, bank accounts, relatives and friends were all investigated under illegal surveillance during the last eight years.

In addition, there currently exists legal evidence that confirms the secret police, directly attached to the Presidency, designed a memorandum ordering to threaten the journalist with killing, raping and torturing her then 10-year old daughter in November of 2004. The document has been considered an act of psychological torture by the Attorney General’s Office.

In March 2004, thanks to Claudia Julieta’s investigation, it was possible to have an intellectual perpetrator of a journalist’s murder sentenced to prison in Colombia. Carlos Castaño, former paramilitary commander was sentenced to 38 years. Castaño was never imprisoned, since disappearing in 2004. Despite the Attorney General’s Office official statement claiming Castaño was shot to death, the Supreme Court of Justice has considered that there is not enough evidence to certify this as true.

Claudia Julieta disclosed a sophisticated scheme designed within the DAS to deviate the Garzon investigation, and judges finally ordered the investigation of at least 10 DAS members, among them former Deputy Director of the institution, Emiro Rojas. However, the Attorney General’s Office has never ordered preliminary investigations against them.

Claudia Julieta was sued for slander and libel, a criminalization process that she faced during five years.

In November 2007, she discovered the existence of intelligence reports elaborated by her own bodyguards. In April 2008, she rejected Government granted protection measures due to the espionage she had been subject to.

In October 2008, the Constitutional Court issued an important sentence ordering the release of documents, videos, audios, orders and other relevant existing material against her in DAS possession, to protect her fundamental rights to information, habeas data and life.

However, the DAS did not comply to the sentence completely and destroyed a significant amount of documentation, as it was denounced by Semana Magazine.

Among the documents preserved, the Attorney General’s Office found hundreds of pages and files on the illegal surveillance on Claudia Julieta that proves she was persecuted by the DAS from 2001 to, at least, 2008. In October 2009, a few days before she testified on the attacks suffered, ten people, six men and four women, tried to violently enter her home.

On February 9 2010, during the celebration of the Journalist’s Day in Colombia, during a joint press conference with journalist Hollman Morris, Claudia Julieta accused Colombian President, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, of being responsible of the attacks she has suffered, and disclosed documents and analysis to prove the Presidency was aware of DAS operations and received reports on DAS actions against her, other 15 journalists and 300 people including leaders of left-wing political party, judges of the Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Court of Justice.

In the past, the journalist has received support from the Colombian Federation of Journalists, NGOs such as the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), Reporters Without Borders, the National Union of Journalists of the UK and Ireland (NUJ). The IFJ has issued press releases on the persecutions against Claudia Julieta, the last one in December 2009, after the revelation of a guide to threaten her found in archives of the Colombian Secret Police. She has been awarded this year the RSF-Sweden 2010 Press Freedom Award, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Ilaria Alpi for Honor and Responsibility.

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  • How to book Claudia Julieta Duque?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Claudia Julieta Duque for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Claudia Julieta Duque, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Claudia Julieta Duque or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Claudia Julieta Duque?

    Booking fees for Claudia Julieta Duque, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Claudia Julieta Duque, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Claudia Julieta Duque?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Claudia Julieta Duque for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Claudia Julieta Duque for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Claudia Julieta Duque or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Claudia Julieta Duque or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Claudia Julieta Duque is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Claudia Julieta Duque for your event is available upon request. Claudia Julieta Duque generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Danielle Feinberg, Lolita Taub, Andrea Rodgers, Madeline Stuart and Lisa Petrilli. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Claudia Julieta Duque for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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